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December 2014 Training & Outreach Update

2014 December 30
by Amaya Webster

Outreach Working Group Update: Telling Our Story

The DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group met on December 18, 2014 with special guest speakers Maureen Hawes and Mike Sharpe, who both serve as DIAGRAM program evaluators. We asked them to talk with us about the best way to measure what impact DIAGRAM has had on the field. The answer came back an unequivocal: Storytelling! Don’t be surprised if we reach out to soon to ask, “What would the world have been like if DIAGRAM had not been established five years ago?” As we approach our final year of the DIAGRAM award, we will be collecting your ideas and observations to compile our story. Contact Outreach Working Group Chair Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like more information. As always, the DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group wiki is the place to find our past meeting notes.

DIAGRAM Webinar Series Continues in 2015

The DIAGRAM webinar series will resume in the new year with two topics that will be of interest to those who like to stay abreast of breaking new technologies in print accessibility. In the queue is a webinar with haptics experts from ETS and Senseg on new ways that haptic feedback can enhance learning materials. Also coming up, hear the latest research from the University of Washington’s Tactile Graphics Project, whose paper. “Tactile Graphics with a Voice” recently won a best student paper award at the ASSETS 2014 conference. Stay tuned for dates and registration announcements for these webinars in the new year.

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