MORE THAN A HALF CENTURY OF INNOVATION
FOR THE VISION IMPAIRED
He enlisted volunteers to read from such magazines as Scientific American, Popular Science, and Psychology Today, built his own open-reel tape duplicator, and solicited subscribers. He begged a few dollars from local charities to supplement the small subscription fees and hired students to assist. He named his small, non-profit company Science for the Blind.
Soon subscribers were asking him to adapt equipment for them. Ham Radio accessibility was a major need, but interest expanded to encompass a broad spectrum of items. Tom used his Physics lab as a workshop and paid small wages to his students to fabricate materials for the projects. By 1964 there were too many requests and he moved the operation into a nearby commercial building and sought additional non-profit funds to subsidize the work. State programs serving the blind had not yet become aware of the substantial employment opportunities aids for the Blind could support and generally would not provide funds for the equipment, but by the late 1970s awareness was growing and Tom changed the name of his organization to Science Products, gave up fund-raising, and become (on paper) a for-profit company dependent on sales of devices for support. In 1989 CAPTEK INC was incorporated as the manufacturer of all proprietary products and adaptations. The rest, as they say, is history.
Aud-a-Log concentrated on audible descriptions and demonstratons of adaptive products produced by Science Products.