Corinne K. Vinopol, Ph.D. is President and CEO of the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. (IDRT), a 31-year old small business in Wheaton, Maryland which specializes is assistive technology for people who are deaf, their service providers and families. Under her leadership, the company was presented with a Tibbetts Award at the White House by the Small Business Administration for being a Model of Excellence in the Small Business Innovative Research program. She has directed R&D assistive technology projects for a number of government agencies (e.g., OSEP, NIDRR, NSF, IES, NASA, USAID, and NOAA) and private entities (e.g., Wal-Mart, AT&T). Assistive technology products developed by IDRT can be found in many agencies (e.g., Homeland Security, US Postal Service) and companies (e.g., NY Mets, West Jet) and throughout the world. Most recently, she led development of IDRT’s online assistive technology suite, myASL Tech.
Dr. Vinopol has been working in the field of deafness for 46 years as a teacher, school administrator, college professor, educational consultant, researcher, and special education due process hearing officer. During her tenure at IDRT, more than 70 software products have been created using her guidance and design (e.g., ASL Clip and Create 5, Sign Generator). Paws Signs Stories, one such product, won a Codie award for Best Special Needs software.
Most recently, she has been working on an All Children Reading – A Grand Challenge project under USAID funding to bring education of deaf children into the 21st century by creating assistive technology in Arabic and Moroccan Sign Language, providing teacher training, developing USAID’s first reading and sign language assessment of young deaf children, and coordinating education efforts among associations for the deaf.
Dr. Vinopol holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and Supervision from Gallaudet University; an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from California State University, Northridge, (National Leadership Training Program in Deaf-Blindness); a M.Ed. in Deaf Education and a B.A. in English Education, from McDaniel College.