Creating smart accessible media using RoboBraille
- Hilfsgemeinschaft - Austrian Association supporting the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Country of Implementation
- Western Europe
“RoboBraille makes educational material available in alternate formats whenever and wherever it is needed, thereby paving the way for a barrier-free education for all.” Mr. Klaus Höckner, Leader, IT-Department, Austrian Association supporting the blind and visually impaired
Visually impaired people often have difficulty accessing print materials, primarily because the development of such materials in a barrier-free format is often difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. Therefore, people with disabilities are often less informed and lack resources compared to those who are not visually impaired.
Solution, Innovation and Impact
Partners from six European countries have explored how RoboBraille can be exploited as a learning tool in a variety of educational settings, and have published their findings in the RoboBraille Best Practice Catalogue. During the project, partners discovered the need to develop a practical hands-on training course aimed at improving the skills of teachers, parents, and alternate media producers so as to support people with visual and reading impairments in a timely and inclusive way. These professionals must learn to use new ICT tools, such as RoboBraille and others – especially as the development of new digital platforms and formats, such as tablet computers, smartphones, and eBooks readers, is moving rapidly forward, creating a host of new reading, writing, and learning opportunities for the visually and reading impaired.
Funding, Outlook and Transferability
Partners of the project are special schools, national resource centers, colleges, universities, NGOs, disabled peoples' organizations, assistive technology providers, and private consultants. They represent the various forms and levels of the educational system as well as the ICT, accessibility, and media experts required to ensure sufficient critical mass to create courses and conduct trainings for teachers, parents, and alternate media producers who are supporting the reading and visually impaired. Other partners in new countries with new languages would be appreciated.