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January 2014 DIAGRAM Training & Outreach Update

2014 January 31

New DIAGRAM Webinars

Two new DIAGRAM webinars have been scheduled for the first half of 2014. The first will introduce the new Accessible Image Sample Book. More than 360 people have already registered for this webinar, but there is plenty of room for all who would like to participate.

Title:                A tour of the forthcoming “Accessible Image Sample Book”
Date:                Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time:               11:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Presenters:       Elaine Ober (Pearson), Lucia Hasty (Rocky Mountain Braille Associates), Steve Noble (Bridge Multimedia), Suzy Haines (Benetech)

This webinar will demonstrate the new Accessible Image Sample Book, a free online resource that shows you what some of the many options are for creating accessible versions of digital images such as maps, bar charts, diagrams, mathematical expressions, photographs, and more. Each of the seven chapters in the book shows a different complex image in context of the book it came from, along with helpful tips and the code used to provide the accessible image in a digital book. See (and hear!) the different ways that an image can be made accessible, including: short and long descriptions, tactile graphics, MathML, sonification, audio description, and 3D printing.  The presenters will discuss how this resource can be used as a guide when creating accessible images in your own digital books and other digital publications.

Title:                3D Printing of Accessible Educational Materials
Date:                Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time:               11:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 p.m. Mountain, 1:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Presenter:        Yue-Ting Siu is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Bay Area Unified School Districts; NLCSD Fellowship recipient and doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley

How are teachers using 3D printing to create accessible materials for students with visual impairments? Hear the results of newly completed research exploring this question, and the challenges of using this technology for creating accessible materials. Examples of how 3D printing can create better learning and teaching experiences will be discussed for classroom implementation.

Please visit the DIAGRAM Webinars web page for links to past webinar recordings, slide sets, and FAQs.

Outreach Working Group Update
The DIAGRAM Outreach Working Group will meet on Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. The group welcomes Gaeir Dietrich, director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges as its newest member. Contact Outreach Working Group Chair Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like more information or have ideas for discussion at our next quarterly meeting. See the notes from the last Outreach WG meeting on our wiki site.

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