Theraformdiagram of a fly (national centre for Tactile Graphics, Unv of Hertforshire)PIAF – Pictures in a flash embosser. PIAF produces high quality tactile graphics using heat sensitive capsule paper. It is ideal for people who are blind and vision impaired. PIAF's controlled heat source causes any black lines, letters or shapes that are drawn, printed or copied onto the capsule paper to swell. The result is an instant tactile graphic. PIAF is being used in a variety of educational, employment and personal settings.
Braillesense on-hand HIMS $5kBraille n ‘ Speak – Freedom Scientific
Braille plus 18 with GPS navigation American Printing House for the BlindAudio Description – video on wikisite. Appel
Statistics 6.8 million people in the US have a visual disability 10.5 million people in the US have a hearing impairment Reference: 2011 reports from http://www.disabilitystatistics.org/
Sensory Impairments Sensory impairments refer to the reduced ability or lack of ability in using one or more of three senses: vision, touch and hearing. This includes tactile defensiveness or numbness of touch, visually impaired which includes blind, legally blind, deaf- blind, hard of hearing and deaf.
Assistive technology for personswith low vision Screen magnifiers have these features: ◦ Zoomtext demo ◦ Reverse polarity (Negative Contrast) ◦ Magnification ◦ Zooming feature ◦ Color enhancements ◦ Speech output (vary) ◦ Keyboard enhancements (e.g. keycaps)
Assistive technology tools for personswho are blind Screen reading software ◦ Examples are JAWS, Window-Eyes, VoiceOver Video Magnifiers (aka CCTV)
Tactile Graphics BANA (Braille Authority of North America) Guidelines & Standards for Tactile Graphics
Other examples… Talking GPS Audio description
Assistive technology for people withhearing impairments Hearing aids Assistive listening devices Captioning Speech to text Cochlear Implants Visual alert signalers Telecommunications: ◦ Texting ◦ Bluetooth ◦ Point to Point Video (e.g., Skype)