I was fortunate enough to attend a conference a few weeks ago entitled, Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers: A Conference for Biology Teachers of Deaf Students. The conference, held at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state, was offered by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in association with DeafTEC and Bio-Quest. … Continue reading Accommodating Students with Deafness
It's hard to believe that 3D printing was the stuff of science fiction not all that long ago. Even though 3D printing was invented in the 1980s, with printers costing more than $20,000 most of us hadn't even heard of it - until recently, that is. Now that 3D printers are affordable, applications of the… Continue reading Get free 3D-printed models for students with blindness and visual impairments
What is an audio description? It is a soundtrack that describes visual content that would not be evident from subtitles or closed captions alone. The descriptions don't explain every detail, but convey the general visual content. Here's a website from UC Berkeley and a website from WebAIM that have more information. This a good example. While the technology… Continue reading Why You Should Add Audio Descriptions to Explain the Visual Content of Videos
I recently received an email from a PhD student with blindness who is studying human development and learning. He asked if he could "touch my way" to review the structure of a neuron for a psychology class. Absolutely! The experience made me realize that it's not just science students with visual impairments who might need… Continue reading Touch your way to learn science!
A few years ago I narrated PowerPoint lectures for my hybrid microbiology course in which students take the lecture portion of the course online. I used Camtasia for Mac to narrate all of the lectures. I really like that software, and TechSmith's technical support is great. To make those narrated lectures accessible, I now must add subtitles.… Continue reading Use YouTube to Add Subtitles to Narrated PowerPoint Lectures
To conform with a lawsuit settlement, all of the class materials and resources at my college must be 100% accessible. That includes the texts and any online publisher-provided resources used in our classes as well. We are not permitted to use an inaccessible textbook unless an accessible version is available. Most publishing companies are aware… Continue reading Why You Should Check the Accessibility of the Textbooks for Your Class
For many professors, this summer will involve going through every PowerPoint slide in our lectures to add alternative text (alt text) to every figure, illustration, table, picture, and graph to make the slides accessible. If you haven't yet thought about doing that, you probably should. Many institutions of higher education across the country have been… Continue reading Why You Need to Add Alternative Text to Visuals