Assistive Technology For Students With Visual Impairment


Doctor in Computer Science, Signal and Image Processing,

he graduated in December 2004, University Pierre et Marie Curie,

France, anis.rojbi@univ-paris8.fr




His work has been focused mainly on Artificial Intelligence, video & image segmentation, and assistive technology for impairment people This paper reports investigations aimed at developing a schoolbook illustrations and web accessible for students with visual impairment, given legal and moral obligations to avoid unjustified discrimination, allied to the financial and technical benefits that may accure from inclusive Web design.


The software was developed to interactively transpose illustrations of schoolbooks into tactile graphics. A methodology was designed to transpose the graphics and prepare them to be displayed on the «Four Piaf». We experimented with three scientific graphics (diagram, bar-chart and map) with participants: sighted adults, and adults with visual impairment.


Results show that the participants with visual impairment liked the tactile graphics and could use them to explore illustrations and answer questions about their content.


While the primary focus of web accessibility is access by users who have disabilities, in the larger scope of universal design it should include benefits for all users. In designing a user interface that is effective, efficient and satisfies the users’ needs, a uniform approach should be adopted to address issues such as: Page Structure, Navigation, Presentation and Content.


Keywords: Web Accessibility, tactile graphics, user with visual impairment, multimodal device, technology.


Source: Актуальні проблеми навчання та виховання людей в інтегрованому освітньому середовищі. Тези доповідей. Одинадцята міжнародна науково-практична конференція, 2011.

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