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Sunday, October 7 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
The Tactile Education Project - digital fabrication for the education Visually Impaired children

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We have five senses to choose from in daily life. Only a very small part of them are used in the educational context where we mostly focus on sight and hearing. When sight is taken away, the modalities students can choose from are very limited. For persons with VI, touch and sound are used to compensate, but what about in education? There are a lot of haptic materials available, but in practice they are of replaced for descriptions, which doesn't provide all the information. Thanks to digital fabrication we have the opportunity to easily create cheap one of a kind tactile models. For the last two years, I have been researching and developing tactile models for the education of VI. We have seen promising results but also a lot of enjoyment from the students when working with the models. We made over 40 models, but do they also improve their academic results? In this presentation, I would like to share the results on previous projects and our experiences. As well as the projects, we are currently working on: researching the impact of tactile information, accessible tactile maps, and creating guidelines for accessible tactile models.

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Brandsma, Ruben

The Accessibility Foundation
Graduated a year ago at the Hogeschool Utrecht on Digitale Communicatie en Media and creative industry. While looking for an internship on serious games Ruben stumbled upon The Accessibility Foundation. Where the opportunity arose to write his thesis on 3D printing and the possibilities... Read More →


Sunday October 7, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Conference Room Four