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Translating Scientific Content into Accessible Formats with Visually Impaired Learners: Recommendations and a Decision Aid Based on Haptic Rules of Perception

Han, Rachel (2020) Translating Scientific Content into Accessible Formats with Visually Impaired Learners: Recommendations and a Decision Aid Based on Haptic Rules of Perception. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Han, Rachel
Corporate Creators: Marta Wnuczko
Abstract:

Students with visual impairments (VI) miss out on science because of inaccessible visual graphics (such as pictures and diagrams) of the phenomena that are the focus of curricula. My project examines how efforts to translate these into non-visual representations, such as raised line graphics, tend to be less effective than expected because they are perceived using “rules” of haptic perception by VI learners but developed using “rules”' of visual perception by sighted designers. In response, I introduce my recommendations, in the form of a decision aid, informed by a series of interlinked concatenated studies consisting of user testing, workshops, and co-design sessions composed of multi-disciplinary teams that included VI educators, learners, inclusive designers, musicians, and domain experts from engineering and the cognitive neuroscience.

Date: 16 May 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: visually impaired, early blind, STEM education, accessibility guidelines, cross-sensory design, inclusive design, perception, visual impairment, special education, digital assistive technology.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 04:27
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2020 04:14
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3080

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