Fortec's efforts to support mainstream education through research and technology development
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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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