Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place at the 32nd Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference from February 27-March 3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Benetech team is excited to have a significant presence at the conference and showcase the latest developments in three key initiatives dedicated to making literacy accessible to all.
Benetech and the American Library Association Team Up at SXSW to Share Expertise on 3D Printing for Diverse Learners
At the recent 2016 South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Benetech teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to present a session titled: “No More Yoda Heads: 3D printing 4 Diverse Learners.” Lisa Wadors Verne, Benetech Program Manager of Education Research and Partnerships, and Charlie Wapner, an information policy analyst for the ALA […]
By Lisa Wadors Verne, Program Manager, Education Research and Partnerships for Benetech Labs and Global Literacy posted in Benetech, DIAGRAM on June 26, 2015 at 3:38pm
The rise of 3D printing technology and its increasing availability in schools, libraries, and museums presents new opportunities to improve learning and accessibility in a variety of educational contexts. Benetech was therefore delighted to convene the first major national forum of its kind devoted solely to the topic of 3D printing for accessible educational materials. Held at the Tech Museum of innovation in San Jose, the three-day national meeting brought together over forty-five practitioners and end users in the fields of 3D printing technology and services, accessible education, tactile learning modalities, library and museum services, and educational content.
Today, May 15 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day—a day intended to get people talking, thinking, and learning about digital accessibility for people with disabilities. This is an opportunity to share what Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center is doing to ensure that digital content is accessible to all. The DIAGRAM Center is working at the frontier of accessible publishing and online content by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to create and use accessible digital images. One of the many emerging technologies we are researching is 3D printing for accessible educational materials.
Poet Supports Crowdsourced Image Descriptions in Accessible Books The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) has published a profile of Benetech’s Poet open source web application which allows users to create and edit crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. Published in the fall issue of SSIR, the story notes that fewer than five percent of […]
Describes How Poet Supports Crowdsourcing of Image Descriptions in Accessible Books San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO-TV has broadcast a story profiling Benetech’s Poet open source web application. Poet supports the creation and editing of crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. Entitled, Power of Crowdsourcing Helps Blind See the Internet, reporter Jonathan […]
The Benetech DIAGRAM Center has released an open source web application to create and edit crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. The Poet application developed by DIAGRAM can help level the playing field by making otherwise inaccessible graphic content available for students and other readers with disabilities. Poet supports image descriptions for electronic books […]
Benetech Releases Image Description Tool to Improve Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities
Poet Open Source Web Application Allows Crowdsourcing of Image Descriptions in Accessible Books FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT US May 10, 2012, Palo Alto, CA — The Benetech DIAGRAM Center has released an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. DIAGRAM, which stands for Digital Image and Graphics […]