The National Telerehabilitation Service System (NTSS) Facility is a research program that provides the disabled community access to educational and employment opportunities through the use of sophisticated and cutting-edge technology. This facility serves as a test bed of cutting-edge computer software that provides disabled persons with access to the Internet, employment agencies, and distance learning.
All of the research done at the NTSS can be shared virtually anywhere around the world with the high-tech presentation equipment that has been installed. Rooms were designed for multiple purposes and have an infinite number of uses because of the technology used. The choice of furniture, lighting fixtures, and even the carpeting were meant to be cutting-edge in nature and to make a statement that this facility is unlike any other in the region. The furniture was custom-designed to be compatible with the computer hardware and software used at the NTSS. Even the walls were designed to be movable in order to allow the reception area to be opened to make it part of the conference room. When a speaker steps to the podium in the conference room, he or she can adjust the window coverings and room lighting with the touch of a button. Examples of prototype equipment and software used throughout the facility include adaptive Braille keyboards, instruments that interpret text to speech, software that reads text on the computer screen, and software that allows the user to operate the computer with his or her eyes. The computer equipment can also give a visually-impaired person complete access to the Internet.
Richard Witt, Jr., AIA, served as Principal-in-Charge and Project Manager responsible for leading and managing the planning and design services along with overall client satisfaction throughout the project while with L. Robert Kimball & Associates. Image credit Jim Schafer.