[Athen] Technical Standards for Engineering program

Schwarte, David M. schwarte at purdue.edu
Fri Feb 5 18:36:59 PST 2021


I am just tossing this out there. AutoCAD and probably some other 3D CAD programs have command line modes. I have met folks who made large sections of drawings on a text-only display, granted this was 30 years ago when high-end graphics were a luxury. I have actually done some drawing this way via AutoCAD. I always needed notes to keep track of locations dimensions etc. Essentially, I built the drawing in my mind and confirmed via the display. One could use a 3d printer for feedback.

I suspect this would be very challenging to learn from scratch. It would be easier for someone who was familiar with using a 3d CAD system visually and then was trying to relearn non-visually. As others have said, it would all depend on what is actually required for the program of study.

David Schwarte

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We have a similar situation here - completely blind student wanting/demanding to take engineering courses and of course the 3D CAD course is in his plan. We’ve exhausted our ideas of accommodations as well. Even the Dean of the program has tried to be accommodating and trying “think outside the box but there is only so much he can do.” So I’m following this thread in hopes that clearer answers/suggestions come up.
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Hello all,
Are there technical standard requirements for engineering courses? For example, a completely blind student takes a 3D CAD course requiring the use of software that requires visual manipulation and creation of on-screen 3D models, accommodations have been exhausted. Should there be technical requirements to let these students know beforehand what types of vision or physical skills are required to complete a course? I see UNC has technical standard for medical/clinical programs that address this.

Thank you

Loyal Truong
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Colorado School of Mines
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