Fortec's efforts to support mainstream education through research and technology development
Mainstream education of visually impaired pupils and students depends heavily on the accessibility of the same information than those available for sighted colleagues. These information are: printed text like books, lecture notes and transparents; graphics and figures are often used to illustrate or support the understanding of a verbally described procedure; and access to information available in electronic form like library catalogues, information services (e.g. gopher) and electronic texts.
fortec developed HotDot, a printing device that allows the production of Braille and/or inkprint within the same unit and on the same page. Another project is RelieF, a new system to produce graphics and figures as hardcopy materials in tactile (three-dimensional) form. And the third project described in this paper is the conceptual design and set-up of the multifunctional VIP-Workplace for visually impaired students at the Vienna University of Technology.
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