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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Charles L. Blaschke

President - Education Turnkey Systems, Inc.

Date: April 4, 2008

Snippet 1: "How did your firm get started?" (4:17)

Snippet 2: "What was your early involvement with assistive technology?" (2:20)

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Charles begins his account after graduation from Texas A&M and talks about his White House internship, the Arms Control Office, and working for Secretary McNamara in a Consolidated Education Training Program.

Looking at the use of technology instruction in the military, determining what could be spun off on the civilian side, and learning about educational technology, he eventually began Education Turnkey Systems so he could do what he was interested in doing. Charles discusses the impact of his 1975 study of the implementation of PL94-142, the realization that microcomputers could facilitate IEP development, and the insights from visiting residential facilities for individuals with physical disabilities.

He talks about the success of Project Tech Mark in the 80's and connections with other AT companies, Apple, and Allan Brightman, as well as the support of ATA and Jackie Brand. Charles' involvement in the U.S. Office of Education began in the 80's with studies to help legislators with policy making having to do with technology use and appropriate learning environments. He talks about current emphases in AT, such as response to intervention, and his studies showing rates of implementation.