“The new training is easily found all on one section of the POET website. It is short, concise, aesthetically pleasing and easy to understand. I love it!!!” - Rachel Schwartz, SIP Internship Director, Brigham Young University
- OSEP Project Director’s Conference – July 21-23, 2014 – Washington, D.C. Betsy Beaumon presented a discussion of the latest research and development at DIAGRAM.
- American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Annual Meeting – October 16-18, 2014 – Louisville, KY. Jim Downs will deliver a DIAGRAM update to Ex-Officio Trustees and special guests.
- Accessing Higher Ground (AHG) – November 17-21, 2014 – Westminster, CO. Sue-Ann Ma and Gaeir Dietrich will present New Developments in Image and Math Content Accessibility
- Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) – January 27-31, 2015 – Orlando, FL. Betsy Beaumon and Karen Erickson will present, “3D Printing: New Educational Opportunities for Students with Disabilities.”
In June 2014 the SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association) published a policy brief entitled, “The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must Be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Material.” The brief includes a recommendation that readers follow DIAGRAM’s “Top Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB 3” (see page 8 of report). Full text of brief is available in PDF. An article about the report is here: http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/06/23/setda-releases-brief-on-accessible-resources.aspx
Content Working Group Update
After a break following the DIAGRAM strategic planning meetings in June, the DIAGRAM Content Working Group will soon resume regular meetings. Working Group members, please watch your in-box for a note on scheduling for that meeting. Following on outcomes from the Airlie strategic planning meetings, the WG will continue to discuss possible updates to Version 1.1 of the Accessible Image Sample Book, and the design of an accessible image registry, as well as work on updates to the image description guidelines. If you would like to join this Working Group, please contact co-chairs Elaine Ober at <elaine [dot] ober [at] pearson [dot] com> and Lucia Hasty at <lucia [at] tactilegraphics [dot] org>. Visit the wiki page to see past meeting notes.
DIAGRAM Resources Cited in New CAST UDL Web Site
As part of CAST’s web-based resource called “UDL On Campus: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education,” the Accessible Image Sample Book, and DIAGRAM’s Top Tips for Creating Accessible EPUB 3 are cited the section called, “EPUB: Supporting Learner Variability in EPUB Creation.”
New Models for Creating Accessible Interactive Widgets for STEM Learning
On August 7, 2014, Kyle Keane of Wolfram Research and Madeleine Rothberg of NCAM teamed up to present new DIAGRAM research into current best practices for making dynamic scientific graphics accessible to persons with print disabilities. A walk-through of a working example and its source code was included as well as demos of examples of interactive widgets forthcoming from Pearson. More than 60 publishers, UX designers, accessibility researchers, and developers tuned in, and reactions were enthusiastic to say the least. Here is a sampling of comments that came in via the chat window during the webinar:
“This is fantastic…”
“Thank you for such amazing work! This is fantastic! REALLY great stuff!”
“I am stunned with amazement over this accessible drag-and-drop…”
“I am alerting all my Facebook and Twitter friends to your code…”
“Thanks everyone for making this happen!”
“THIS IS AWESOME!!!!”
Visit the DIAGRAM Center webinars web page to download the PowerPoints and view the closed-captioned recording of the webinar. You can also download a copy of Kyle Keane’s full report and experiment with his working example by visiting the Research page on the DIAGRAM web site.
Outreach Working Group Update
After a break following the DIAGRAM strategic planning meetings in June, the DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group will resume regular meetings next month. Working Group members, please watch your in-box for a note on scheduling for that meeting. Following on outcomes from the Airlie strategic planning meetings, we will be focusing on synthesizing the DIAGRAM tool suite with narrative of our story to show clearly how students can benefit from our work and discussing what we can use to determine metrics for success of DIAGRAM initiatives. If you would like to join this Working Group, please contact Julie Noblitt at <julien [at] benetech [dot] org>. As always, you can access past meeting notes on the Outreach Working Group wiki.
New DIAGRAM Subcontract with the AMS
Submitted by Sue-Ann Ma
Tools Working Group Update
After a brief summer break following the DIAGRAM strategic planning meetings in June, the Tools Working Group will resume regular meetings next month. Working Group members, please watch your in-box for a note on scheduling for that meeting. We will be working on our refreshed goals from the Airlie strategic planning meetings and hope to have some interesting guest speakers this fall as well. Stay tuned! In the meantime, contact Tools Working Group chair Geoff Freed <geoff [underscore] freed [at] wgbh [dot] org> if you have any questions. And, as always, you can access past meeting notes on the Tools Working Group wiki.