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authors@mit presents:


Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, 6:00 pm
The MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Meryl Alper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and author of "Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality" (MIT Press), in conversation with Jennifer S. Light, Department Head and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at MIT, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 28 at the MIT Press Bookstore.

Mobile technologies are often hailed as a way to "give voice to the voiceless." Behind the praise, though, are beliefs about technology as a gateway to opportunity and voice as a metaphor for agency and self-representation. In "Giving Voice," Meryl Alper explores these assumptions by looking closely at one such case--the use of the Apple iPad and mobile app Proloquo2Go, which converts icons and text into synthetic speech, by children with disabilities (including autism and cerebral palsy) and their families.

This event includes a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

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This event is open to the public, free, and wheelchair accessible. For more information call (617) 253-5249, email, or visit

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested!


Other Upcoming Events:

Luis Perez-Breva, Innovating
Tuesday, March 14 @ 5:30 pm, The MIT Press Bookstore

Peter Temin, The Vanishing Middle Class
Tuesday, March 28 @ 5:30 pm, The MIT Press Bookstore
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The Guardian has a weekly colum which features reading- and writing-related apps
and many of these are designed for children.
I thought this one was especially nifty:

Using My Words to Ask For What I Want Social Story

The latest iOS app for children with autism is Using My Words to Ask For What I Want, whose title is self-explanatory. It's a 13-page "social story" about how to ask for different objects or activities, explaining why it's important to ask. It's the work of developer Touch Autism.
iPhone / iPad
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as part of the "Robots for Humanity" project collaboration between Willow Garage
and Georgia Tech's Healthcare Robotics Lab.


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