Audio Haptics for Visually Impaired Information TechnologyBy Marks, Aaron; Axistive,
Publication Date: November 2006
Article focuses on the AHVIIT-ACCESS project, which was created to improve the inclusion of workers or trainees with visual disabilities in vocational training programs. The project utilizes visual materials as presented in non-visual formats such as touch and sound. The AHVIIT-ACCESS project expects to design, produce and test pilot learning materials, and will also create an online training program for teachers. Three pilot training courses that utilize visual graphics in the form of 'Talking Tactiles' will be created. Talking Tactiles consist of a compact enclosure with a touch-sensitive surface, a simple apparatus for holding a tactile graphic overlay motionless against the touch-surface, and hardware for establishing USB communications between the device and a host computer via a single cable. The computer can then speak the name of any feature of a tactile drawing that has an audio link. This technology has the potential to greatly improve the accessibility to visual graphics for the visually impaired.
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