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good afternoon!


My name is Joseph Lazzaro, and I'm here to tell you about my book, “Adaptive Technologies for Learning and Work Environments”, which has been recently translated into japanese. Let me begin by saying that I am honored that I have been selected for this project, and that my book is considered worthy of this effort. Let me begin by describing myself and my work, and how I got involved with adaptive technology.


About thirty years ago, I became legally blind, due to retinal detachments. I remain legally blind to this day. At the time, I was very unsure how my life would proceed, and would I follow a course where I could become productive.


In the early 1980s, about ten years after I became legally blind, I obtained an Apple II computer with an Echo speech synthesizer. The computer completely changed my life, and it helped me graduate from university. I was attending the University of Massachusetts, majoring in physics, and the computer allowed me to work independently like my sighted counterparts.


Shortly after getting the Apple computer, I discovered that many things were open to me. A dream that I always had was to write and my first writing assignment was as a result of the Apple computer. I wrote a review of five speech synthesizers and that was published in the December 1984 issue of Byte Magazine with the title "The Search for Speech". That article launched my career, and because of that article, I was invited to write other articles for other publications, many of them prestigeous technical publications in the computer press. At the time, I was one of the very few blind and visually impaired persons doing technical writing.


My interest in writing also expands to science fiction, and I have published several stories in Analog magazine. My first published story was in the September issue of Analog under the title "Ben Franklin's Spaceship". That story was nominated for a Hugo Honorable Mention, a high honor in the science ficiton field.


In 1993, my first book "Adaptive Technologies for Learning and Work Environments" was published by the American Library Association. The book was a description of how to adapt computers for persons with different types of disabilities, motor, and other disabilities. That book was considered at the time an important work on how to adapt computers and information technology for persons with a variety of disabilities. I wrote the second edition to that book, which was published in the year 2001 by the American Library Association, and was approached shortly thereafter by Mister Shinichi Torihara to translate that book into Japanese. I was very honored for them to accept my book for this project, as I wanted to get my book out to the widest possible audience, and I know that many people from Asia and around the world will be interested in this type of information.


As a result of meeting Mister Torihara, I also had the pleasure of meeting Professor Yasumura, MS Nakkamura, and MS Ishida, also of the translation project.


Most of the work Shinichi and I did on the book was through email. We did not meet until June of the year 2001 when he came to the United States for a conference, and then to Boston, where he stayed in my home for several days. It was a pleasure having Shinichi here, and we had a very nice time. We had the chance to go through the city of Boston, and spend a lot of quality time together.


I am planning on writing future books, and I hope that these will be of interest to the Japanese market, because they will focus on adaptive computer technology for persons with disabilities, and I feel that it is very important to get this information out to an international audience.


I thank you for attending todays presentation, and I hope that you enjoy my work. I give a special thanks to Shinichi torihara, who put in a tremendous effort to translate this book. It wasn't always an easy task because he had to correct many of my mistakes.


I thank you for your time, and good luck.


I want to thank all of you for coming here today. If you would like to contact me by electronic mail, my email address is lazzaro@theworld.com.


I also want to thank Shinichi torihara and Professor Yasumura for all their work. thank you, and goodbye for now.




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