Watch the latest Things to Know RIGHT NOW episode featuring Mark Hasegawa-Johnson, Ph.D. and Clarion Mendes of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. Hosted by Eileen Lynch Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization, Hasegawa-Johnson and Mendes discuss the Speech Accessibility Project.

01:06| How did you become interested in speech and Assistive Technology?
07:56 | How many people are involved in the project?
08:47 | What is the purpose of the Speech Accessibility Project?
10:08 | Are you looking for participants in one or all stages of Parkinson’s?
12:11 | Would you encourage people to submit samples on their ‘off’ periods?
14:11 | Can you explain the challenges of Speech Recognition Technology?
16:56 | How would the Speech Accessibility Project help people with Parkinson’s and other Speech Impediments?
19:59 | How can people participate in the project?
21:49 | Are there any limitations or requirements to participate?
24:07 | How does your research help developers like Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc.?
26:11 | How long does a project like this take before the public starts to see the results?

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Jo is the founder and President of Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) established in 1990. The motivation, her late mother and late husband were both diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Each day, PRO reaches thousands of people affected by Parkinson’s, accomplished through a monthly newsletter, an interactive website, one-on-one coaching, support groups, symposia, and public speaking. Ms. Rosen is always at the forefront of what matters in Parkinson’s from services, products, and research, to the potential cure.