Mesa, AZ (April 20, 2011) – The Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) teams up with Iveda Solutions (OTCBB:IVDA) to provide Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVIs) real time remote video access to blind and visually impaired students in the classroom. This allows students a more rewarding independent educational experience.
With the advancement of cellular broadband connectivity, Iveda Solutions, and the successful efforts of the FBC’s remote instruction pilot-program – a new cloud-based assistive technology has emerged. Designed to silently and discretely go anywhere the student goes, Iveda Solutions’ Camina or “camera in a bag” allows teachers of the visually impaired to provide remote instruction based on the student’s immediate needs in the classroom. The Camina is a portable, plug and play, mobile, and Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera system, using cellular-broadband connectivity and cloud-based video hosting services to provide remote access to live and archived video on the go.
“You have just revolutionized how we teach the blind and visually impaired students,” said Marc Ashton, CEO of the Foundation for Blind Children.
“This is a new application for our cloud-based video hosting service, originally designed for security. The innovative use of our technology by the Foundation for Blind Children opens up new opportunities for video hosting applications beyond security,” said David Ly, President and CEO of Iveda Solutions.
The itinerant model is the most common learning model for teaching blind and visually impaired students. Nationally, TVIs spend 7 hours per week on average, traveling from school to school working with students that are assigned to their case load. In remote areas, TVIs spend more time driving than assisting students. This has a negative impact on the quality of service and consequently students’ educational performance. Traditionally, a single itinerant teacher accompanies a student in the classroom, often hindering the student’s leadership, self-advocacy and social engagement skills. Remote instruction allows students access to a number of teachers and the opportunity to work with the teacher who can provide the best instruction for a specific subject.
“Remote instruction allows for a student to interact with a teacher using technology without leaving the classroom, get their questions and concerns addressed and then resume participation with their peer group…,” said Amy Hyman, Director of Itinerant Educational Services for the Foundation for Blind Children.
Using Iveda Solutions’ centralized video management platform allows remote teachers, simultaneous access to students from anywhere at any time using any Internet-enabled device. Remote TVIs will be able to view what is on the board or what is being projected in the classroom and then communicate this information to visually impaired students. Such support will supplement what is being said by classroom teachers and will give visually impaired students access to the same materials as students without visual impairments.
“What took us two years to find, took Iveda Solutions two weeks to design. This is not just something you can pull off the shelf and buy, it was specially engineered for our application,” said Jeff Williams, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Foundation for Blind Children.
The remote instruction program and the Camina have proven to be an effective, functional model for teachers of the visually impaired traveling from school to school. The FBC’s ability to highlight a global need and identify an innovative early-adopter solution such as the remote instruction program have earned them the 2011 Arizona Diamondbacks Grand Slam Grant for $100K. With this grant, the FBC has committed to purchase at least ten Caminas for students in remote and rural areas throughout Arizona. The FBC’s goal is to reduce obstacles for both the students and TVIs so that the FBC can expand its reach utilizing all of its instructional support tactics.
“As the FBC’s technology partner, our goal is to help them expand their remote instruction services to more students living with visual impairments or blindness in both rural and remote areas of Arizona.” said Ly.
“The FBC and this project are leading the way to forever changing how services are provided to students with vision loss on a national basis and the ultimate winner is the student,” said Mark Nelson, Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation for Blind Children.
About the Foundation for Blind Children
Founded in 1952, the Foundation for Blind Children has become a national model for agencies serving the blind. Since the number of blind babies born in Arizona and those referred for services has increased over 300% in the last ten years, the number of children and adults served through FBC has grown to over 2,000 in just the last year. The mission of the Foundation for Blind Children is to provide education, tools and services that enable all persons with vision loss to achieve greater independence. To make a donation or learn more about the FBC call 602.331.1470 or visit www.seeitourway.org.
About Iveda Solutions
Iveda Solutions, Inc. – (OTCBB:IVDA), is the premier online surveillance technology innovator and Managed Video Services provider. Based in Mesa, AZ and incorporated in 2005, the company develops and markets enterprise class video hosting and real-time remote surveillance services. Iveda Solutions has a SAFETY Act Designation by the Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology provider. For more information call 800-385-8618 or visit www.ivedasolutions.com.
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