[Athen] ? resource people/info on physics lab accessibility?? Please?

Linda Petty linda.petty at utoronto.ca
Wed Jan 7 09:00:31 PST 2015

Our department is working with a first year student at the Univ. of Toronto, who is blind and uses Linux and Windows on a PC, accessed with ORCCA and NVDA respectively, as well as a Braille display. We have been working successfully this fall with use of NVDA and LaTeX for access to computer science course material, as well as a PIAF for creating tactile graphics of tutorial images. The student has also been taking physics, with lab partners to read out relevant data from experiments, and working with a physics lab technician and myself on finding ways of accessing the information from the various data measuring devices directly.

Next year, the student will need to be able to access all of the information independently, instead of through lab partners. While this can be accommodated with a sited lab partner, we are looking to purchase tools or accessible interfaces or equipment so that the student can do this independently.

Rather than send the complete list of equipment to the whole list, is there anyone has worked through these issues already, or can connect me to someone who works professionally in physics, using accessible equipment? If you could email me, off list, at linda.petty at utoronto.ca, or email the list if it's good general resources or info for everyone, I'd appreciate it.
Thank you!

Linda Petty, O.T. Reg. (Ont.)
Assistive Technology Consultant
AccessAbility Services
a division of Student Affairs

Science Wing, Room SW302G
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario  M1C 1A4
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