Workshop Leaders: Petr Cervenka, Lukas Masilko and Ondrej Necas
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 3,5 hours (2 sessions)
Target group: teachers, consultants, transcribers etc.
- Short introduction of technologies for preparing tactile graphics including demonstrations
- Explanation of basic methods how to adapt graphics for tactile perceiving
- Practical hand-made production of tactile graphics with regard to the needs of blind people
The main goal of the workshop is to introduce teachers and transcribers with methods how to transform a printed or digital graphics to the form adapted for optimal tactile perceiving by blind users.
The authors of the workshop start with several demonstrations of tactile graphics produced by different technologies so the teachers and transcribers can be aware of pros and cons of these specific approaches.
Then they explain the basic methods how to adapt graphics for tactile perceiving. They introduce different types of 2D graphics (pie charts, graphs within a coordinate system, diagrams, technical drawings, simple maps etc.) and discuss an optimal approach to adapt it for a blind student including the cases when the adaptation for tactile perceiving is not suitable. They explain the necessary principles a man should comply with when producing a tactile graphics, such as to reduce irrelevant elements or dividing the graphics to several isolated parts in case of a more complicated graphics, prepare a template respecting minimal spacing between two objects (lines, areas, labels etc.) and other conditions or think about a proper navigation system which enables blind users to orientate in a more complex structure, etc.
Finally, they hand in a list of different printed graphics to the participants and ask them to adapt it for tactile perceiving. Of course, this part of the workshop will be as interactive as possible and the workshop leaders try to help and discuss with participants an optimal approach for preparation all these graphics for blind people.
Target group: teachers or transcribers (maximally 8)