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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Michael Behrmann, Ed.D.

Professor, Special Education - George Mason University

Date: January 31, 2008

Snippet 1: "Tell us about your early years at George Mason University" (4:08)

Snippet 2: "What is your most recent project?" (3:15)

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Michael tells of his 1979 arrival at George Mason University and moving into the world of microcomputing when he and his wife needed something to write on other than their old manual Royal typewriter.

Experimenting with computers and institutionalized adults, moving to research with infants and toddlers, thinking about robotics, and then attending a first microcomputer conference in Hartford are all discussed as the world of assistive technology opens up to Michael.

As assistive AT moved out of special education into instructional technology, doctoral programs were set up and his more than 30 doctoral graduates have been leaders in TAM (Technology and Media Division of CEC) and directors of their own technology initiatives.

He tells of his involvement in expert systems, distance education collaboratives, providing AT to George Mason students and staff, and running another program called "The Training and Technical Assistance Center." Michael's countless contributions are evident in this interview and his eyes are always on the horizon for something new and interesting ahead.