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

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Jan 13 15:58:07 PST 2015

Below are a couple of resources:

Science products for the blind (Captek):

Talking Lab Equipment (Vernier):

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
408-996-6047 or 408-996-4636

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Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 9:01 AM
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Subject: [Athen] ? resource people/info on physics lab accessibility??

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

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 Direct Line: 416-208-5144
Tel/TTY (appointments): 416-287-7560
Fax: 416-287-7334

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