[Athen] Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Disability Innovation Fund--Automated Personalization Computing Project

Melanie P. Thornton mthornt at uark.edu
Mon Jul 27 10:28:13 PDT 2015

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Overview Information

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Disability Innovation
Fund--Automated Personalization Computing Project

Applications Available: July 23, 2015.
Date of Pre-Application Webinar: August 5, 2015.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 8, 2015.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability Innovation Fund,
as provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Pub. L. 113-
76), is to support innovative activities aimed at improving the
outcomes of ``individuals with disabilities,'' as defined in section
7(20)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The purpose of this priority is to enter into a cooperative

agreement to implement a pilot project that would improve outcomes for
individuals with disabilities by increasing access to information and
communication technologies (ICT) through automatic personalization of
needed assistive technology (AT). Under the Automated Personalization
Computing Project (APCP), an information technology (IT) infrastructure
would be created to allow users of ICT to store preferences in the
cloud or other technology, which then would allow supported Internet-
capable devices they are using to automatically run their preferred AT
Using these stored preferences, along with information about the
computer (e.g., type, operating system) and available AT solutions, the
APCP would identify AT to meet the user's preferences and then
configure the computer accordingly. This may require automatically
configuring AT built into the mainstream technology computer itself or
configuring external AT solutions to operate on the computer.
The Department is seeking to implement a pilot demonstration of
this concept which demonstrates how the automated personalization could
follow a person across multiple sites and multiple devices. The project
must also demonstrate the scalability and sustainability of the
implemented model(s).


Melanie Thornton
University of Arkansas
V/T: 501.291.3217
E: mthornt at uark.edu<mailto:mthornt at uark.edu>

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