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 Institute for Compassionate Technology

Compassionate MIT logoMatt Schneps and Marc Pomplun are proud to announce the formation of the MIT Compassionate Technology Lab @STEP. This collaborative carries out research, education, and outreach to foster “technology with a heart.”

Learn more about our work (and join our activities!) here. Learn more @Machines4Good, where our Twitter feed will post examples of compassionate technology — technology that is good for everyone — technology with a heart. Search our hashtags (#good4dyslexia, #good4autism, #good4ADHD, #good4elders, #good4all, etc.) to discover tips, discussions, and ideas of special interest — and to learn more about our mission.Image result for twitter transparent logo

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CBS NEWS: LVL described in E-Reader Gift Guide

See CBS News article featuring our work!

We’ve had many questions about buying the readers for family and friends with and without dyslexia. We added a new page to help offer tips, and share our research.

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LVL’s Dr. Diaz Merced to address IAU panel in South Africa

IAU-OAD-logo1LVL researcher, Dr. Wanda Diaz Merced, is speaking at an event sponsored by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), on “Astronomy for Development”  8 December 2015. She will speak of the need for inclusion in astronomy, and describe the benefits people with disabilities will bring to the field. She will outline some of the key steps needed to address to achieve systemic change.  Dr. Diaz-Merced, is a member of Astrosense ( Office of Astronomy for Development) at IAU, and Co-Chair of the National Society of Black Physicists Multimodal Access Project (MAP).  Dr. Diaz Merced was recently a Burch Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  Among other things, Dr. Schneps of the LVL is collaborating with Dr. Diaz Merced on the IAU’s Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion working group that seeks to build new strategies, tools, and resources in Astronomy that will facilitate the access to Astronomical resources and careers for people with special educational or physical needs, or those who might be excluded for reasons of race or gender.

IAU to develop best practices guide for professionals with disabilities...

Dr. Silvia Verdolini joins LVL...


LVL Joins MIT’s Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology Course

MIT’s venerable course to help engineers develop skills to support people with disabilities, Course 6.811: Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT), will for the first time represent the needs of people with learning disabilities, thanks to Dr. Schneps’s efforts.  Schneps will serve as faculty mentor for this course, and link people with dyslexia with student engineers, to try to solve needs of people in this group.

Students in MIT's PPAT class experience being wheelchair bound.

Students in MIT’s PPAT class experience being wheelchair bound.

NEW Jan 9, 2016:  An outcome of the course was the creation of a new web app called VoiceRead (based on Voice Dream Reader).   It is now available on Google Chrome Web Store as a free extension. Please check out the new web app here.

NEW Jan 12, 2016:  PPAT course released as MIT OpenCourseware!  Take the course yourself, free!

Scientific American MIND 

Scientific American MindA Scientific American MIND article focusing on our latest research is now out.

Read it here: Using Technology to Break the Speed Barrier of Reading. New research suggest that one of humanity’s most important inventions can be improved.  By, M. H. Schneps.

NSF Awards Science of Learning Centers Award to LVL (UMass)

nsf_logoNSF has awarded a Science of Learning Centers Award for a collaboration with Pasha Antonenko (PI) and Andreas Keil at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Marc Pomplun (co-PI) and Matthew Schneps of UMass Boston, and Richard Lamb of Washington State University  (co-PI).

The project known as “Project LENS” (Leveraging Expertise in Neurotechnologies to Study Individual Differences in Multimedia Learning) will employ novel methods and neuroimaging technologies to investigate multimedia learning in order to address the gap in knowledge developing in this field, especially as it pertains to people with learning differences.  The project begins in Sept, and will continue for three years.   …click here for more about NSF Project LENS.


The Laboratory for Visual Learning is now a member of the Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Prof. Eric Klopfer, Director.  Here we focus on research to investigate how technology can foster the exchange of information between people and machines, given wide ranging differences in the neurology of individuals (including dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders). An important example of this seeks to reengineer the technology we use for reading, to make this process more efficient and effective for all.

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updated Feb 5, 2016