Below is our final program. This year we will experiment with a new format based on thematic sessions. The idea is that different experts present different solutions to the same problem and that we engage in a discussion including hands-on demonstrations / exercises. The idea is that more advanced participants can share their knowledge in this informal discussion framework. This year we will cover the following themes:
- Authoring scientific documents as a blind student (Friday morning)
- Building hardware prototypes using Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc (Friday afternoon)
- Chemistry: notation of structural formulae (Friday afternoon)
- Statistics for blind students (Saturday morning)
- Creating and reading tactile diagrams (Saturday afternoon)
The venue features a plenary room and at least one annex; a smaller room in which smaller sessions could be organized (doing hands-on training with a smaller group, gathering feedback concerning directly relevant products from potential users etc). Please let us know if you are interested in organizing a small parallel session.
Dedicon: testing drawings explaining visual perspective
Dorine in ‘t Veld would like to test a newly developed methodology for explaining visual concepts such as visual perspective and shadows. This session is announced at the conference opening and individual sessions can be scheduled on the spot.
Friday, July 7, 2017
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and Preparation
We will help you install the software necessary for following the workshops on your laptop and we can get to know each other in an informal setting. We understand that people traveling from far may not make 10:00 but please arrive well before 11:00 so we can start the workshops without interruption.
11:00 (sharp) – 11:10 plenary opening
Short talk by Tim in ‘t Veld, general chair
11:10 – 14:10 Thematic session: authoring (mathematical) documents (with lunch break)
In this session we will discuss and practice techniques (LaTeX, Markdown and possibly others) which enable blind students to create great looking documents, particularly documents involving mathematical formulae. The session starts with brief introductions to the different solutions presented and we will then go through different problems encountered in document authoring. The experts present how their solution can be used to address this problem and we will discuss the problem; the idea is that advanced participants can share their practical experiences and beginners can ask questions.
Chair: Tim in ‘t Veld; contributing experts: Voica Gavrilut and Davy Kager.
14:20 – 15:20 Building hardware prototypes with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
In many study programs students are expected to build hardware prototypes for use in experiments, testing product concepts they develop or simply to learn the basics of programming and electronics. We will show how blind students can independently build their own hardware prototypes using Arduino and the Raspberry Pi.
15:30 – 16:30 notation of molecular structures in chemistry
Dedicon presents a project on the notation of molecular structures. The different ways of representing such structures (tactile images and textual formulae) are discussed. A new website and book which supports students in this area will be griefly introduced and demonstrated, and feedback will be gathered. Presented by Dorine in ‘t Veld (chair) and Jesse Wienholts.
16:30 – 18:00 Lab, drinks and Plenary talk by Jonathan Godfrey
Some room for experimenting with the solutions presented during the day and continuing the discussion over drinks. Our special guest Jonathan Godfrey arrives around 17:00, he will give a short presentation about his background, his experiences as a blind student and professor in new Zealand and practical tips for students.
18:00 – .. Dinner and party
We go to our hotel (Bastion hotel Roosendaal) where we will have dinner, afterwards we might have a small party in the hotel bar or a bar near by.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
09:30 – 13:30 Statistics for blind students (with coffee and lunch break)
In many fields students need to use statistics software. Most universities relie on IBM SPSS, but this is hard to use for a blind student. Jonathan Godfrey shows us how to use R, an open source alternative with the same (or more) functionality which can be used very efficiently bu a blind user. He also shows us how his braille-r package can be userd for data analysis. Leonard de Ruijter (Babbage) presents his solution for circumventing SPSS accessibility issues. We compare both solutions and discuss what is most appropriate in different situations.
13:30 – 16:30 thematic session: tactile graphics (with coffee break)
We will discuss techniques to create and read tactile diagrams as encountered in (pre-)academic science fields. Chair: Dorine in ‘t Veld; contributing experts: Jaap Breider, Voica Gavrilut and Davy Kager.