Proposal for AHG 2018: “Making a STEM-pact by Augmenting the Embosser”

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  • Carolyn Speer

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    Carolyn Speer


    Note: this proposal is being made on behalf of John Jones, Director of the Media Resources Center at Wichita State University, and he would be the presenter if accepted. Wichita State has been working to support a pre-med student who is blind for the last few years. Over the course of that time, we have gotten better and faster at producing materials to support this student’s learning. Recently, WSU has moved from exclusive reliance on an embosser to using both the embosser and a PIAF, Picture In A Flash Tactile Graphic Maker to create Braille and tactile image documents. Early results are excellent and have also allowed WSU to face some fundamental ethical issues surrounding the accurate creation of accommodated materials for students who are blind. This session will trace our history of production, along with the content choice decisions that were deemed necessary when the university relied exclusively on an embosser, present what our production process and products are like today, and consider what a fully mature tactile graphic process will look like in the future at Wichita State.