In part 3 of a three-part series, Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses assistive technology with Nancy Irwin. Nancy is from Columbia South Carolina and works for the state’s School for the Deaf and the Blind in their Division of Outreach Services as the Access Technology Specialist. Prior to working for the school, she was the JAWS Instructor for the SC Commission for the Blind. She also has a degree in Theater Technical Design from Winthrop University. She and her husband Billy have four guide dogs at home. Two are retired and two are active working guides.
In part 1 of a three-part series, Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses assistive technology with Steve Cook. Steve is an Assistive Technology Consultant with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind. He chaired the planning committee for the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Assistive Technology Expos, which brought together disability coordinators from colleges, tech schools, and universities from across South Carolina. He also works with the SC Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Steve and his wife both have guide dogs and a Dachshund.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the importance of E-Rate service to schools and libraries in South Carolina with Andrew Epting, Program Manager and E-Rate Coordinator for South Carolina. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation created in 1997 to collect universal service contributions from telecommunications carriers and administer universal support mechanisms (programs) designed to help communities across the country secure access to affordable telecommunications services. USAC carries out its functions as the administrator of the federal universal service programs and Universal Service Fund (USF) under the oversight of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). USAC administers universal service programs for high cost companies in rural areas, low-income consumers, rural health care providers, and schools and libraries. The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
- South Carolina K-12 School Technology Initiative http://sck12techinit.sc.gov
- E-Rate for South Carolina Public Libraries http://guides.statelibrary.sc.gov/e-rate
- South Carolina EdTech Conference October 25-27 2017 http://edtech.scaet.org/
- South Carolina Library Association Conference October 11-13 2017 http://www.scla.org/conference
- USAC Training Opportunity https://www.usac.org/sl/about/outreach/training/2017/fall/charlotte.aspx
- SC E-Rate Consortium Applicant Training: Columbia https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sc-e-rate-consortium-applicant-training-columbia-tickets-38125411131?aff=es2