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Description strategies to make an interactive science simulation accessible

Smith, Taliesin L. and Lewis, Clayton and Moore, Emily B. (2017) Description strategies to make an interactive science simulation accessible. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities. pp. 225-238. ISSN 2330-4219

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Abstract

Interactive simulations are increasingly important in science education, yet most are inaccessible
to blind learners. In developing an accessible prototype of a PhET interactive science simulation, we
encountered significant challenges in providing screen reader access, including the need to: 1) describe
unpredictable event sequences, 2) cue productive interactions, and 3) to simultaneously convey multiple
changes. To address these challenges, we extended existing practices for verbal description of visual
interactive content, and we created new strategies for developing rich description for accessible
interactive science simulations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blind/Low Vision, Research & Development, Web,Interactives; Science Simulation; Natural Language Description; Non-visual Access
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Research Programs > Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 16:11
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 07:05
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1576

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