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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Jane Korsten

Date: October 21, 2010

Jane describes how enthusiastically she entered a University of Illinois speech pathology program and earned a degree and how challenging her first position was when she was threatened with job loss if she recommended "one of those talking machines" for a student.  Since she didn't know what those were, she decided she needed to find out more about assistive technology.

There is an entertaining story about how she and a colleague, Dixie, decided they could work together on a federal grant, which resulted in Every Move Counts, a sensory based approach to communication.

Meeting at a Closing the Gap Conference with Gayl Bowser, Penny Reed and Joy Zabala, she and the others thought about how a group effort could contribute to the field and this effort became QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology) which is a major information source on AT.

Jane is still actively coming up with projects that make a real difference for individuals for disabilities.

Snippet 1: "How did you happen to enter the field of disabilities?"

Snippet 2: "Tell us about the origins of Every Move Counts"


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