[Athen] Seeking sample text-based anatomy/physiology questions

John Gardner john.gardner at viewplus.com
Thu May 2 13:14:54 PDT 2019

Debee, have you tried using large audio-tactile-visual diagrams? You might try just tactile-visual first to see if it helps your student. It is easy to try if you have the right printers. If you have a ViewPlus Emprint SpotDot you can make a letter or 8.5x14 color tactile image, but you can use a Max or Delta along with a regular ink printer to make even larger copy. Just print a color image as big as you can on your ink printer, say 11x17, and then put that page in the embosser and print that same image. We have heard anecdotal evidence that tactile color can be more accessible than just big color images, but I know of no research on the topic. If you do not have the right printers and want to try it, send me a couple of images, and we'll make you some large color tactiles.

John (john.gardner at viewplus.com)

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Deborah Armstrong
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2019 12:21 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Seeking sample text-based anatomy/physiology questions

I'm trying to help one of our counselors work with an instructor on accommodating massage exams for a visually impaired student.

Because the student is a competent reader of large print, most instructors assume she should be able to easily cope with the myriad of anatomy and physiology drawings required to interpret. This has gone well for the student until she needs to take exams that contain drawings. The combination of her limited vision and exam stress is making it difficult for her, even with magnification.

I suggested that we negotiate with the instructor to provide some questions that were not based on diagrams, that would allow the student to demonstrate her knowledge in an alternate way. When I talk with instructors, I typically provide examples and it gets the ball rolling. But I don't know much myself about this subject, and wonder if any of you have examples.

Our massage curriculum has always been highly visual. I find this sad, since massage therapy is a popular profession for blind people in America, the U.K. and Japan. And in the U.K. it's typical for blind people to train as physical therapists.


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