Educators, researchers, and technology makers at the annual Technology Innovators' Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16 got a first look at some of the most revolutionary solutions currently under development for special-needs students.

Among the items causing the biggest stir was a free online tool teachers and other educators of special-needs students soon will use to help them find and compare appropriate reading software programs.

The first-of-its kind Reading Matrix is being developed by the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), a division of the American Institutes for Research. NCTI is funded by the


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