A handful of research projects now under way will gauge the effectiveness of new learning and assistive technologies for students with disabilities, such as a non-visual web browser and spell-check programs designed for those with dyslexia.

The projects are being supported by the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and its "Technology in the Works" grant program. The five grant recipients each will receive $15,000 to conduct research that examines the effectiveness of software and technologies for students with special needs. The grants require matching funds from project participants.

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