[accessibleimage] "A Revolution in accessibility for the Visually Impaired"
- From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Accessible Image" <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 13:28:30 -0000
Hope this is of interest. Vince. Source: http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=29138&hilite= Press Release Network Thursday, January 18, 2007 RNC STARTS A 'REVOLUTION IN ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED' The potential is enormous, unimaginable really.' is how one professional describes a research project currently being led by The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), in Hereford. The College is currently helping pave the way for possibly one of the single biggest advances in the education of people who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty with the written word. The AHVITED (Audio Haptics for Visually Impaired Training and Education at a Distance) project, is a unique and revolutionary project that brings together many of Europe's leading researchers, trainers and educators of people with a visual impairment. The project aims to transform the way in which learners gain access to graphical information - information, which has been previously inaccessible without sighted assistance. Practically every academic and vocational subject taught contains a varying degree of graphical data, from maps and pictures, to graphs and charts, making the need for this research essential. For a sighted person this creates no problem, for someone without sight these graphical images are simply not accessible. The benefits of the project are clear -being able to freely access graphical data, without sighted assistance, not only builds confidence but also puts a learner in control of their own learning, allowing them to work at their own pace and speed. The project will research and evaluate the problems associated with delivering graphical learning materials to visually impaired learners studying through distance learning. From this, systems currently used in the classroom will be further developed for wider application in distance learning. And finally, pilot course materials and accessible software can be developed to deliver visual graphics through touch and sound in a distance learning environment. Chris Stevenson, RNC's Business Development Manager: "The £520,000 funding granted for this three-year research project reflects the need for research in this area. People who are blind or partially sighted have no access to visual graphic images and are at a significant disadvantage in the learning process, particularly when studying at a distance. This research project will provide an innovative method of delivering visual graphics through touch and sound using tactile diagrams with integrated sound files. The potential to solve previously unsolvable problems is enormous and truly exciting." Notes for News Editors:- The Royal National College for the Blind (known as RNC) is a residential specialist provider of Further Education and training. Each year more people who are blind or partially sighted choose RNC than any other residential specialist college in the UK - www.rncb.ac.uk For detailed information regarding the progress of AHVITED project: www.ahvited.org For more information on other European projects that RNC is involved in: www.rncb.ac.uk/european_projects For further information please contact: Emily Lynch Marketing Communications & PR Officer Email: el@xxxxxxxxxx Or Cathy Fletcher Marketing Manager Email: cf@xxxxxxxxxx The Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford Direct Tel: 01432 376622 I'm protected by SpamBrave http://www.spambrave.com/
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