Israeli special-needs training tech unveiled in UN conference

Athena Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering teachers in Israel, hosted an event last month as part of the 14th UN session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) .The event focused on the use of technology in special education during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I urge governments around the world to equip their teachers with computers and iPads and give them the ability to help students, especially those with disabilities.” said Uri Ben Ari, President and Founder of the Athena Fund, at the event. “In special education, advanced technology is not just a teaching tool, it also helps students communicate with their surroundings,” added Ben Ari. Prof. Amnon Shashua, Co-Founder and CEO of OrCam Technologies, spoke about the use of Artificial Intelligence in his company to help people with disabilities. OrCam’s MyEye, a portable, voice-activated device that instantly reads text and digital monitors aloud, has been used in special education. Shashua also added that OrCam Technologies is currently developing a device for students with hearing impairments that can recognize and isolate a person’s voice in a conversation. The event was attended by personalities such as the actress and writer Noa Tishby, general secretary of the teachers’ union Yaffa Ben David and the former air force commander, Maj. Eliezer Shkedi.

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