FREEDOM MACHINES:Cast of Characters: Shoshana Brand
“I'm ready to rent out video's that are described. Like videos, except in the quiet places in the movies it describes the scenery, costumes, facial expressions. I describes for the visually impaired person everything that other people can see.”
Shoshana Brand, Founder and Owner of Blue Rose Videos With A Voice
Jackie Brand’s life course was changed when she saw the potential for newly emerging technologies to help her daughter, Shoshana become part of the world. Her vision and partnership with engineers, people with disabilities and parents, brought about a grassroots organization — the Alliance for Technology Access—dedicated to providing training and access to technology for people with disabilities.
“When Shoshana was starting school …there was no requirement that
assistive technology be considered as a part of her education plan. Now
there is a law in place so that children in schools have the right, and
teachers have the responsibility to look at the range of technologies
and how it would enhance and enable a student to benefit from a public
RESOURCES FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Blue Rose Videos With a Voice
Shoshana’s business, Blue Rose Videos With a Voice, is a video rental service designed especially for people with visual impairments.
Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)
ATA is a network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. ATA Members can be found all across the country.
find your local ATA: http://www.ataccess.org/community (3)