- Charles LaPierre, Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible, Benetech
- Lisa Wadors Verne, Associate Director, Education R&D, Benetech
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: All Levels
- Type of session: General Conference
While one student might learn best using auditory resources, other students may require visual, kinesthetic, or textual descriptions for comprehension. In this session you will learn how to find these alternative accessible formats that will help all students in your class better engage with and understand scientific concepts.
The term "multimodal interaction" refers to a person's ability to interact with information using multiple sensory modalities. For example, if a student is able to see an image in a book while manipulating a 360-degree model, that student is using their eyes and sense of touch to interact with the material. The advantage of multimodal interaction it that allows learners to use more of their senses at once when taking in information, lending complexity to their perception. It gives students a multifaceted way to interact with new information, which may in turn stimulate new ideas and associations that are especially helpful in a learning environment. The availability of multimodal formats motivates students and stimulates learning. Resources can be found from a variety of different sources online and can be made in the classroom. In this session you will learn how to find accessible media that will help all students in your class better engage with and understand scientific concepts.
- The availability of multimodal formats motivates students and stimulates learning.
- Resources can be found from a variety of different sources online and can be made in the classroom.
- Single place to find accessible images, videos, tactiles, and 3D models for your students.
Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision
Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Captioning/Transcription, Faculty Development & Support, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access
Charles LaPierre, Benetech: Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible. Charles has over 25 years’ accessibility development experience and has been a pioneer in accessible product development since 1993. Charles currently co-facilitates the Personalization Task Force for the W3C’s Accessible Platforms Architectures (APA) Working group, and is a member of the Publishing Working Group. Charles contributed to the BISG’s “Guide to Accessible Publishing” published in January of 2019. Charles is the technical architect of the new Global Certified Accessible initiative at Benetech to certify publisher content as conforming to the new EPUB 1.0 Accessibility Specification. Charles has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Lisa Wadors Verne
Lisa Wadors Verne, Ph.D. is Director, Education Research and Development at Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good. She serves as the Project Director for the DIAGRAM Center and is co-producer of the DIAGRAM Report, an annual brief about emerging technologies and their promise for kids with disabilities. Lisa has spoken about accessible educational materials and inclusive practices at many notable conferences around the globe. She has a doctorate in Special Education and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University, Joint Doctoral program with a focus on teachers’ beliefs about including children with special needs in typically developing classrooms. With nearly two decades in Educational research and application, Dr. Wadors Verne has particular expertise in special education policy and law, inclusion, and family and school collaboration. Dr. Wadors Verne holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Villanova University and an M. A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Santa Clara University.
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