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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

David Davis

Date: October 21, 2010

David entered the disabilities field back in the 70's when he was a music therapist at a center where he and an engineer could experiment with creating switch systems, learning what worked and didn't, and solving problems, such as students eating the switches.

 David talks about becoming a behavior analyst and an academic specialist on a regional diagnosis center evaluation team and eventually being offered a job with the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) as a technology specialist.  This early time of collaboration and camaraderie was exciting as he became involved in Aug Com devices, building and experimenting with switch systems, and the early touch windows on the Apple.

You will hear about the influence of Eileen Pracek, head of FLDRS/TECH as a mentor and teacher, her Universal Access Stations of the 90's, Eileen's retirement, David's becoming coordinator, and the major changes in FDLRS organization of technology services.  Closing the Gap is discussed as another great opportunity for learning, sharing, and presenting in a family atmosphere.

Snippet 1: "How did you happen to enter disability field?"

Snippet 2: "Describe your more recent years as FDLRS Technology Network Coordinator"


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