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Title: Toddler App and Cane System: An Innovative Program for Teaching Orientation and Mobility to Toddlers with Vision Impairment
Center: NCER Year: 2017
Principal Investigator: Joffee, Elga Awardee: Safe Toddles
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2017-10/31/2017) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES17C0041

With this Phase I funding, the project team will develop and test a prototype of the Toddler App and Cane which is intended to improve functional and adaptive school readiness skills for toddlers with visual impairments. The prototype will include a wearable hardware-based cane that wraps around a child's waist and provides tactile and audio cues to facilitate walking, a curriculum with game activities and walking routes, and an app that provides updates to special education practitioners and parents on their children's progress. In a pilot study with 10 toddlers with visual impairments, and their teachers and parents, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, whether toddlers are engaged while using the prototype, and if teachers and parents believe the fully developed intervention will lead to increases in independence and school readiness.