[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Joshua Miele and Berkleley

fnugg at online.no fnugg at online.no
Fri Nov 18 15:01:40 UTC 2016


Great article - a good read. Liked the "the holy Braille" comment.


The Blind Leading the Blind: Designing an Inclusive World

"But of course, challenges remain. Technology still hasn’t come to the 
rescue when it comes to, say, reading graphs.

Fourth-year Cal geophysics major Newton Nguyen says nothing tech has to 
offer can translate graphs and charts as well as a person can. For now, 
he relies on scribes to trace his hand over graphs on a screen so that 
he can better imagine them. “It’s not the best approach,” he admits, 
“but for quickly understanding the result, it works.”

Meanwhile, Joshua Miele sits in his office imaging graphs and charts, 
too. He dreams of what he jokingly calls “the holy Braille”—a 
not-yet-devised method of relaying graphs to people who can’t simply see 
them. And he has faith. “It’s just a matter of the right, smart people 
putting together the right materials together with the right 
technologies,” he says. “It’ll come.”"


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