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Thank you to all supporters and behind the scenes

The photo shoot for the e-learning tool went very well. It was a long day but we tried a new technique and we have a lot of great images to work from. Our talent was amazing as was the photographer, Tina Picard.

A big thank you to the participants and parents for coming out. The Canadian Aviation and Museum for the use of their facilities. A.C.T. Ottawa and Children at Risk for spreading the word.

Making a sad face

Making a sad face

The lighting is just right

The lighting is just right

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Special Needs Fair Ottawa March 2013

Special Finds and the City of Ottawa are bringing together the best Ottawa has
to offer the Special Needs community.  Discovering Emotions with Zeely will be participating in this special needs fair.

Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ottawa

When:  Saturday March 23rd 2013 from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Where: Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road, Ottawa

Volunteer Actors and Models Wanted for another photo shoot

In November we had a photo shoot for our e-learning tool and we had some great actors and models participate. We have learnt a lot from that session and are having another photo shoot and looking for additional volunteer actors and models.

We are looking to photograph people who can demonstrate accurately and realistically, through facial expressions, the following emotions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, proud, disgust and fear. Read our previous post for further details on this project.

The photo shoot will take place Saturday, April 13th 10am-2:30pm. All ages and ethnic origins are welcome. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the of 18 to the photo shoot.  All those who participate will need to sign a release form. If the actor or model is a minor, a parent or legal guardian will need to sign on their behalf.

If interested, please send a headshot of yourself or your child demonstrating all of the facial expressions listed above. Send the headshots to natasha at virtualeyesee dot com no later than April 5th, 2013.  If selected, you will be provided with further details including location, time, appropriate clothing  suitable for photographing.

Thank you and behind the scenes

We are at the start of an interesting adventure in creating a tool to help children with special needs. I put a call out to the community looking for volunteer actors and models and we had a great response.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all the participants in our photo shoot and parents who gave up their time to help out. Thanks to the organizations that helped spread the word, A.C.T. OttawaLakeside Players, The Valley Players of Almonte and Children at Risk.

Here are some behind the scenes from our video shoot for the e-learning tool.

Focusing

Focusing and adjusting the lighting

 

 

Checking the footage

Checking the footage 

Volunteer Actors and Models Wanted!

Some children with special needs like

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum or syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • intellectual disabilities
  • other special needs

have challenges fitting in socially, thus having significant long term impact in their lives. Research shows these children can be taught social skills through repeated exposure to real-life scenarios. As a parent, I have spent many hours helping my child with special needs  — from putting them in social skills groups and camps, to reading social stories – to overcome these long term impacts. I have found, as most parents of children with special needs, these methods do help a little, but are not effective due to the lack of repeated exposure, as well as low motivation on the part of the child to participate in exercises using these methods.

With this in mind, Virtual Eye See, an organization dedicated to developing e-learning applications for children with special needs, is building a social skills training product. The goals are to increase the amount of exposure to social skill learning modules in a fun and engaging manner. We are beginning with building an emotion recognition module. This tool will generate images of seven basic emotions that will help children identify and understand the basic emotional expressions to develop their social skills.

To accomplish this, we are looking to photograph people who can demonstrate accurately and realistically, through facial expressions, the following emotions: happy, sad, angry, surprised, proud, disgust, and fear.

The photo shoot will take place Sunday, November 25, 12pm – 4pm. Those selected will be scheduled in a 30-minute time slot during these hours.

All ages and ethnic origins are welcome. A parent or guardian must accompany children to the photo shoot.

All those who participate will need to sign a release form. If the actor or model is a minor, a parent or legal guardian will need to sign on their behalf.

If interested, please send a headshot of yourself or your child demonstrating some of the facial expressions listed above.

Headshots should be sent to natasha at virtualeyesee dot com no later than November 19, 2012.

If selected, you will be provided with further details including location, time, appropriate clothing suitable for photographing.

Leadership position in technology entrepreneurship & commercialization

I was invited by the Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program at Carleton University to participate in the 4th TIM Lecture Series Showcase. The topic was focused on the

“Leadership position in technology entrepreneurship & commercialization”

I have attended a few of the past lectures and have always found the presenters to be engaging, thought provoking and I always left feeling enlightened. Looking around the room I was surprised to see that all the seats were taken and people were standing in every available space. The tables were now turned and it was my turn not to disappoint the audience and offer some valuable insights to them, no pressure.

Opening remarks were by Dr. Jerry Tomberlin, Dean of the Sprott School of Business followed by Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University set the tone for the event by relating a story of a painter in ancient Greece.  This was followed by the various faculty within the TIM program and the Sprott School of Business.

The second had 10 entrepreneurs talking about their work in entrepreneurship and commercialization. The slides from this session are below and you can find a recount of the session in the TIM Review article.