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    Access to Graphics in Higher Education

    “Improving vision impaired student’s access to graphics in higher education”  investigates the level and type of access that vision impaired students gain to graphic components of their study materials in higher education in Australia, to uncover any barriers to access and inclusion, and to offer strategies and resources to enable improved access to graphics for blind and vision impaired students. The project consisted of three major stages:

    • Data-gathering: What access do vision impaired students currently have to graphics in higher education? What are the barriers to access? The questions were explored through a national online survey of 72 vision impaired students in higher education, along with 41 semi-structured interviews with students, their disability advisors, academics and accessible formats producers.
    • Pilot studies: Working closely with vision impaired students and associated staff to trial processes and technologies over three semesters in 2015 and 2016.
    • Synthesis: All study participants were invited to a full day workshop at which they developed and refined a set of model principles for improving vision impaired students’ access to graphics in higher education.

    The results of stages 1 and 2 are reported in “Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities”, Higher Education Research & Development, May 2016.

     

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    Accessible Physics Concepts for Blind Students

    Professor Baldwin believed that students who are blind should not be excluded from physics courses because of inaccessible textbooks, created modules for the main physics concepts in a format that blind students can read using accessibility tools such as an audio screen reader and an electronic line-by-line Braille display. These modules are intended to supplement and not to replace the physics textbook.

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    Accessible Physics Concepts for Blind Students - US

    An open access online tutorial for the main physics concepts in a format that blind students can read using accessibility tools such as an audio screen reader and an electronic line-by-line Braille display. These modules are intended to supplement and not to replace the physics textbook.

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    Amazing Space: Tactile Astronomy

    This section of Amazing Space features a library of selected Hubble images that can be printed in a tactile format.

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    American Association of Blind Teachers - US

    The American Association of Blind Teachers website is intended to assist blind and vision impaired teachers in their work, to help students make more effective use of the Internet in their classes, to aid school administrators in understanding the capacities of visually impaired teachers, and enable parents of blind and visually impaired children to better help their child.

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    Assistive Software: AbiSee Zoom-Twix

    Zoom-Twix has a zoomable long distance camera to capture what’s on a blackboard, whiteboard, on your desk or in the room—at any zoom, all controlled from a laptop’s keyboard.

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    Assistive Software: Kurzweil - Educational Systems

    Kurzweil products are for individuals with learning difficulties (Kurzweil 3000) and for those who are blind (Kurzweil 1000).

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    Assistive Technology: Big Keys LX

    BigKeys LX is a standard size keyboard with 60 2.5cm (1”) square keys, providing all essential key functions. With the large key tops and high contrast black on white lettering the keys are much easier to see and press. BigKeys LX is for users who need the full 97-character keyset for advanced word processing, spreadsheet work, and Internet access – but who require large keys in order to locate and operate keys on a keyboard.

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    Assistive Technology: DAISY playback tools

    A number of software packages that read DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) format.

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    Assistive Technology: Freedomscientific - MAGic

    MAGic is a screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users. MAGic can help users work more efficiently with business applications, documents, email, navigating the Internet, and engaging in social networking.

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