About Closing The Gap
Budd and Dolores Hagen, the founders of Closing The Gap, would like to welcome you to this website. It is through their personal experiences raising a child that is deaf that Closing The Gap was created in 1983. Since that time Budd and Dolores have enjoyed sharing their experiences and insights with parents and professionals around the world.
Closing The Gap, Inc. provides assistive technology resources and training opportunities through its bimonthly magazine, webinars and annual international conference.
Published six times a year, Closing The Gap Solutions highlights assistive technology products appropriate for people with disabilities and explains how this technology is being implemented in education, rehabilitation and vocational settings around the world.
The Resource Directory is a guide to the selection of the latest assistive technology products available for children and adults with disabilities.
Closing The Gap webinars showcase the knowledge, skills and insights of many assistive technology experts throughout the year. Live webinars are archived within two months from the date of their first appearance and are then part of an online subscription.
Closing The Gap's annual international conference, Assistive Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation, is held each fall in Minneapolis, MN, exploring the many ways that technology is being used to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The 31st Annual Conference will be held October 7-11, 2013.
Thank you for taking time to look over our website. We hope that you will find the information useful and that you will want to keep the information flowing by subscribing to Closing The Gap.
A personal reflection
"I look to the world of tomorrow as a place I want to be. In spite of the challenges placed in my path, the tools to meet those challenges can be provided. I want my children's world of tomorrow to be just as attractive. I want them to be able to stand their ground, to experience joy, feel pain and understand that both are a part of living. I want them to have the tools to make their lives meaningful in the society in which they choose to live.
That world of tomorrow will include the computer revolution. My world as well as that of my children will be influenced by that revolution. As a family, we have chosen to join rather than ignore the changes around us. We have found the waters to be inviting, the challenges stimulating, and the results rewarding."
A quote from the 1984 book Microcomputer Resource Book For Special Education by Dolores Hagen.
Dolores Hagen is a co-founder of Closing The Gap, Inc. and a parent of a child with a disability.