Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist and Educator and Abigale Stangl, PhD Student

Ann Cunningham, Tactile Artist and Educator- Sensational Art and Abigale Stangl, PhD Student- ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado

Inclusive Design of Tactile Story Graphics and Objects

Engaging Blind People to Write their Own Story, and Design Their Own Tactile Graphics

People who are blind often lack opportunities to engage in fine art and multimodal composition activities, let alone the design of tactile graphics and tactile pictures. This can be attributed to limited time and teaching resources, lack of educators’ understanding about the requirements to engage blind people in art and design practices.

In order to engage blind people to write their own story and design their own tactile graphics Abigale Stangel, Jeannie Saracino and Ann Cunningham developed a course that intended to provide persons with visual impairments with the skills needed to create tactile graphics and objects. In this session you will get an overview of their study design and findings. You will learn how you can create opportunities for people with visual impairments to create their own tactile learning materials. The speakers will also present universal design strategies for teaching multimodal composition to people with visual impairments.

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