Accessible Dynamic Scientific Graphics

Accessible Slider Screen ShotIn keeping with the DIAGRAM Center goal of dramatically changing the way image and graphic content for accessible instructional materials (AIM) is produced and accessed, DIAGRAM both conducts its own research and partners with other organizations to conduct research to achieve this goal. One such research report on Accessible Dynamic Scientific Graphics was completed by Kyle Keane of Wolfram Research in June 2014. This project surveys the current best practices for making dynamic scientific graphics accessible to persons with severe visual impairments in order to better understand the most effective practices for providing pedagogically-equivalent information about common scientific visualizations using audio feedback and verbal description. The products of this research are:
    1. A freely available report (Word version, 50 pages): Interactive Scientific Graphics Report
    2. A working sample widget that can be used by creators of dynamic scientific graphics (such as publishers and authors) to provide equivalent information to end users with severe visual impairments.  Click here for the live version of the sample widget. Or, for a streamlined version of the HTML got to Interactive_Scientific_Graphics_Working_Example.
The results presented are general in scope and applicable to any technology that can perform similar functions to the capabilities of the Wolfram CDF Player.  Download the slides from Kyle’s presentation about this work at EDUPUB in October 2013: EduPub2013Wolfram

Ideas that work.The DIAGRAM Center is a Benetech initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative Agreement #H327B100001). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

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