Dakota State University
This grant will help to fund Increasing Access to On-Line Education, a project designed to teach persons with motor disabilities resulting from paralysis, spinal cord, or other injuries to adapt and utilize voice recognition software in order to fully access and complete on-line college programs. The program will make a targeted outreach to disabled veterans. The director of this proposed project, Chris Olson, has C5 complete quadriplegia. He was injured as he was near completion of his undergraduate degree. His motor impairments presented significant obstacles in undertaking graduate education in an online environment. Mr. Olson is currently completing his doctoral dissertation. His own disability and experiences provide a relevant and unique perspective in ensuring that other students with mobility impairments have the necessary hardware and software knowledge and skills to enroll in and successfully complete an online education. He has been an instructor for three years and has extensive knowledge of textbook, tutorial, and course management website issues encountered with on-line courses and degree programs. Grant funds will help to support Chris Olson salary for one summer month to develop the webinar series, and for video production and programmatic marketing materials. Grant funds will not be used for Mr. Olson's doctoral dissertation expenses. This grant is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award # 1U59DD000338.)
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