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I am delighted to see your message titled, "Putting Ability to Work," in the July–September 2005 issue of IEEE MultiMedia. Multimedia has an important role in providing accessible solutions to differently abled individuals.
As an instructional designer, I have continued in my efforts to make multimedia solutions available and accessible to a wider audience. However, I feel that most educational programs do not direct student attention toward accessible solutions. Along with your message on "a concentrated effort in bringing persons with disabilities into computing and information technology," a commitment from instructors is indispensable for such a contribution to put "ability to work."
Multimedia Education Coordinator
University of Illinois at Springfield
I read your last editorial message on "Putting Ability to Work" with great interest. Multimedia technology can indeed make a difference for people with special needs. At the Information Technology (IT) University of Copenhagen, we do research in the use of standard video cameras to track the eyes of paralyzed individuals so that they may communicate by gaze selections (see http://www.cogain.org for more details and free downloads). We have now become convinced that gaze interactive systems also have high potential in the future for hands-free control of wearable displays. So by developing multimedia systems for people with special needs, we hope to get ideas and insights that may shape future communications technology.
John Paulin Hansen
Department of Innovation
IT University of Copenhagen
The "Readers' Remarks" department provides a forum for our community to respond not only to the content of this magazine, but also to what's transpiring in the multimedia community at large. What visions do you have for a multimedia future? As people who actually do multimedia, how should we maintain our focus as a magazine? We would love to hear from you! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. —Forouzan Golshani