Somatic Digital’s President and Founder Speaks at the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Annual Conference.

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Somatic Digital, LLC today announced that its President, Jason E. Barkeloo spoke to more than 3,000 attendees at the National Federation of the BlindÂ?s (NFB) National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday, July 6, 2005.

Mr. Barkeloo addressed the topic of "Interactive Education for Everybody Including the Blind." During the presentation Mr. Barkeloo discussed the touch user interface (TUI) technology and its promise to connect blind students to digital content through Braille-printed pages. This technology serves to enhance Braille by coupling auditory content to it. When a blind student presses the Braille-printed page digital content is retrieved and presented to the student in an auditory form through a computer.

The TUI technology was discussed against the backdrop of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) as part of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). The TUI enables all students to access digital content through pages in a textbook and this provides a bridge over the digital divide while meeting the requirements of NIMAS at the same time.

An audio/video version of the speech can be found at:

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