Dancing Dots Demonstrates GOODFEEL
to the President
at the White House
Dancing Dots Braille Music Technology, L.P., of Upper Darby,
PA, was one of only a handful of companies that specialize in developing assistive
technology to be invited to the White House on Wednesday, January 13. Dancing
Dots, makers of the GOODFEEL; Braille Music Translator, was invited by
Dr. Katherine Seelman of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute
on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Most of Dancing Dots’ funding
has been awarded through NIDRR’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
The exhibits highlighted the importance of technological
innovation in helping people with disabilities to participate in the work force.
On January 13, the Clinton administration announced a budget initiative designed
to support people with disabilities in the transition from rehabilitation to
work and to increase support for development of assistive technology.
Before the official press briefing, members of the press
and invited guests had time to visit the exhibits which were set up in the grand
foyer just outside the East Room of the White House. Bill McCann, president
of Dancing Dots, his wife and business partner, Mary Ann McCann, and Albert
Milani, GOODFEEL’s designer, all greeted the president and Vice-president.
Mr. McCann demonstrated how a melody can be played
on a musical keyboard and quickly converted to braille. McCann told the president
that he would play him a tune he might just recognize. Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore
enjoyed a good laugh as they heard the first few measures of "Hail to the
Chief!" After the demonstration, Mr. Clinton remarked to McCann, "That
is wonderful, that is wonderful!" During his subsequent remarks to the press,
Mr. Clinton urged those guests who had not yet taken time to visit the exhibits
to be sure to do so. He said: "I hope all of you had a chance to experience
and see the amazing displays out there in the Grand Foyer -- from a portable computer
kiosk that helps people with disabilities vote or find a job, to the latest voice
recognition software that lets you use a computer without touching a keyboard,
to a new generation of mobile telephones that connect directly to hearing aids,
to a device to immediately translate music into braille."
Since 1992, Dancing Dots has been a leader in developing
and adapting music software for the blind. In 1997 the company released its
GOODFEEL ™ Braille Music Translator. GOODFEEL ™ automates production
of braille music scores by transcribing into music braille the same computer
music files used to produce print editions. GOODFEEL ™ is now in use all
over the US and in ten other countries.
For further information visit the Dancing Dots web site
Feel free to contact Dancing Dots at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 610 500-5072.