For people who are blind or have low vision (BLV), tactile diagrams are currently the main medium for the delivery of accessible graphics. This form of accessible diagram, while crucial for being able to convey graphical information to those with a vision impairment, is not without its limitations. Alongside the expertise and time required to create tactile diagrams, issues also exist in their ability to convey complex or abstract concepts, especially regarding 3D information. This presentation will provide an overview of a number of projects exploring how emerging technologies, such as 3D printing combined with low-cost electronics, can be used to convey the visual information that much of society takes for granted, to BLV people. Focus will be on the creation of multi-sensory objects to facilitate engagement with STEM education, improving orientation and mobility training through interactive mapping and wayfinding, and creating inclusive access to cultural content of a visual nature. The presentation will conclude with an overview of other research taking place in the Inclusive Technologies lab, in support of a broader range of disabilities.
This seminar is co-organized with UW CREATE.
Matthew is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and is a member of the Inclusive Technologies research lab. His research focuses on the use of emerging technologies such as 3D printing and low-cost electronics to produce accessible materials for the blind and low vision community. His current projects include the use of 3D printing for the provision of accessible graphical content for education and orientation & mobility, as well as investigating how technology can be used to create more inclusive experiences in galleries and museums.