[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Sheldon Museum, NAMA, Assets 2010, Lego, Brainovi, Keith Salmon

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Sheldon Museum kicks off Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery's October First Friday Reception will 
kick off Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, an effort to explore the 
importance of visual literacy in daily life, with the museum's "ORLAN: 
The Harlequin Coat" exhibit as the focus.....

The First Friday Reception is scheduled for Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. As a 
part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, a musical performance by 
Chances Are, a singing group consisting of three blind and visually 
impaired performers, will begin the evening.

Pre Sixteen Education Factsheet
Guidelines for making tactile books for your children

NAMA Submits Comments On Proposed Currency Changes

National Automatic Merchandising Association, NAMA, U.S. Department of 
the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Meaningful Access to 
United States Currency for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons, vending 
machine industry, vending machine, currency design change

CHICAGO -- The National Automatic Merchandising Association has 
submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury regarding 
proposed changes to currency.

The Treasury and Bureau of Engraving and Printing asked for comments on 
several proposed changes to currency relating to "Meaningful Access to 
United States Currency for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons."

In its comments, NAMA argues that a tactile feature on currency, such as 
Braille markings, is a good remedy, but that the cost of such a tactile 
feature could be considerable.


  ASSETS 2010

October 25--27, 2010
Orlando, Florida, USA
The 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and 

    ASSETS 2010

The ASSETS conference explores the use of computing and information 
technologies to help persons with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS 
is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design 
and use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies. This 
includes the use of technology by and in support of:

    * Individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
    * Individuals with motor impairments
    * Individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
    * Individuals with multiple impairments
    * Older adults
    * Professionals who work with these populations

All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program 
Committee. Accepted papers, posters and demonstrations will be archived 
in the ACM digital library. Select authors will be invited to submit 
extended versions to a special issue of the ACM Transactions on 
Accessible Computing (TACCESS).


lego and accessible computing
Project ACE (Accessible Computing Education)

This is the html version of the file 
ImagineIT Workshop,part of Project ACE (*Accessible* Computing Education)

*Lego* Mindstorms NXT (BricxCC, NXC) Lesson Plan
This lesson has been tested with students with visual impairments in 
grades 7 -- 12
This work is funded as part of the National Science Foundation,
Broadening Participation in Computing Program (Award #0634319)

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Stephanie Ludi, sal at rit.edu
BPC- *LEGO* Mindstorms:  Navigation and Detection

Objective: To provide students the opportunity to design and program a 
robot to solve a given problem, in a team setting.  The robot is built 
by the student teams, providing a teamwork activity.  In terms of design 
and *programming* key concepts explored are designing and testing of 
both the robot and the program and *programming* constructs (including 
loops, if-then, variables, logic).

· Each team receives a *LEGO* Mindstorms NXT set, with the beginner 
robot constructed with the touch sensor (as described in the kits 
instruction book)
· Each team needs a computer with USB, JAWS (or similar software), and 
BricksCC installed
· 1 maze, see Appendix A
· Stopwatch, notepad and pencil to keep track of time it takes for each 
robot to finish the maze

Activity Environment: classroom for intro, team rooms (or large computer 
lab) for work, atrium for robot trial
Before Activity (Instructor):  Build the robot and ensure the *LEGO* 
Mindstorms BricksCC *programming* environment is installed on the team 
room machines.  Have sample code loaded on each computer.  Print 
activity handouts in large print (and Braille as needed).
ImagineIT Workshop 2007 7


Brainovi Uses Physical 3D Map to Create Braille-Based Directions 



Artists with vision trouble team up for Fullerton show

FULLERTON -- A show featuring 48 blind and visually impaired artists has 
opened at Fullerton's Southern California College of Optometry 

Co-founded by Dr. Rebecca Kammer and a photographer-patient of hers, the 
"Shared Visions" 
<http://www.sccoeyecare.com/documents/ECCSVBrochure2010Web.pdf> art show 
at the college features 94 pieces.


One Washington Center new gallery and shop

The gallery is filled with an eclectic mix, including watercolor 
landscapes and other paintings, photography, rock sculptures, knitted 
hats, herbal cosmetics, jewelry, mosaics, stationary and even jams.

Computer engineer and composer Marty Quinn, of Lee, was at the center of 
the opening night's activities with his project to communicate imagery 
through music and movement. People's movement over an image projected on 
the floor under a camera triggered various instruments to make sounds at 
different speeds and pitches. The concept could enable blind people to 
visualize art and performances, or even the surface of the sun, Quinn said.

His exhibit, "Walk on the Sun," is at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery 
Center in Concord, and was funded in part by NASA grants. He hopes to 
develop technology so that blind people might be able to perceive events 
at the 2016 Olympic Games.


Interview: Keith Salmon, landscape painter
was the same kind of day in the scene he is currently painting, he says: 
on a canvas on his easel, the beginnings of a mountain ridge is picked 
out in gold. They were walking in the Mamores, the ridge of hills 
between Loch Leven and Ben Nevis, he explains, approaching the final 
ascent to Am Bodach in the teeth of a snow shower. "And then suddenly 
the driving snow started to clear and Am Bodach was rising up in front 
of us, a wall of rock."

These moments of illumination are special to all climbers, but 
particularly to Salmon, for whom vision has a special significance. He 
has lost much of his sight in the past two decades due to diabetic 
retinopathy, and walks using a white cane. Yet thanks to a mixture of 
determination and ingenuity, he has been able to continue to do the two 
things he loves best: walking in the hills and painting.

Just over a year ago, Salmon, 50, won the Jolomo Award for Scottish 
Landscape Painting, the largest privately funded art prize in Britain, 
with a first prize of £20,000. The innovative approaches he has 
developed in his art to solve the problems of his declining sight 
impressed the judges, who only learned he was partially sighted after 
they had named the shortlist.


    Eyes Wide Open art workshop

Held in Rochester, and organised by the Kent Association for the Blind, 
the Eyes Wide Open art project will culminate in a forthcoming 
exhibition at Rochester Cathedral.  I took some shots of the artists at 
work at the Rochester Visitor Centre.  It was quite difficult in a small 
room, lots of clutter and not a lot of room to set any shots up.  
However, had enormous fun, the participants evidently enjoyed the day, 
as did the guiding artists and staff who volunteered their time

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