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March 2015 Training & Outreach Update

2015 March 23
by Amaya Webster

DIAGRAM Webinar: Tactile Graphics with a Voice

The DIAGRAM webinar series kicked off in 2015 with “Tactile Graphics with a Voice,” Richard Ladner’s great overview of the tactile graphics landscape, along with the latest research from the University of Washington’s Tactile Graphics Project. Feedback was enthusiastic to say the least. One participant wrote:

“Very great presenter and presentation itself. I learned lot of new information. This will change how I provide services to students with blindness. Thank you!”

One of the nearly 100 participants dialing in that day, P.F. Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian for the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries, was inspired to create a “Storify” version of the webinar, and then went on to write a terrific blog post called “Tactile Graphics, An Introduction.”  You can find the slides from the webinar, a closed-captioned recording of the session, and a written summary of the Q & A by visiting the DIAGRAM webinars page.

Outreach Working Group Update

The DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group met on March 12, 2015 to continue our discussion of the best way to collect stories to answer the question, “What would the world have been like if DIAGRAM had not been established five years ago?” What has our impact been so far? We finalizing a plan to collect the stories and synthesize them. Contact Outreach Working Group Chair Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like to help or if you have a story to share. As always, the DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group wiki is the place to find our past meeting notes.

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