Topics for parallel sessions

An educational approach to Braille, graphics, and digital tools.

Attendees can choose amongst more than 35 presentations from research and practical work within the field of tactile reading.

Universal design

The presentations in this topic will cover examples of multisensory, accessible books and visual popular culture, e.g. Donald Duck, as well as presentations of a board game and multimodal maps. One session will concentrate on exploration of natural history in museums and another session will cover historical artwork. We will have a presentation where high-tech resources are used to understand touch screen interaction, and a master thesis examines new digital solutions in presenting visual information for recipients who are blind.

Early intervention in kindergarten and school

The presentations will cover various pre-braille activities, such as an exciting tactile rebus and how to combine tactile and auditive information to illustrate a storybook. Attendees may also follow parallels on the progression of tactile learning or concept formation in toddlers. One presentation will focus on motivation for braille in inclusive kindergartens, and another one presents examples from creative, untraditional activities used to motivate a pupil’s interest for learning.  

An inclusive approach to braille and literacy

The presentations will focus on motivation and adaptation for achieving literacy skills at various levels, as well as choosing the appropriate form of literacy. One presentation compares introduction to braille for adolescents and young adults. Another presentation will offer an exciting book as an example and inspiration for you to customize books of your own. An example of how a competition can be a tool to enhance reading skills, motivation and confidence will also be addressed. Finally, experiences from the beta phase of using EPUB in the classroom will be demonstrated.

Mathematics

The presentations will cover the development of tactile materials, e.g. graphics and braille, and adaptation of books in mathematics. There will also be a demonstration of how a test of a pupil’s early number comprehension can provide knowledge about mathematical skills, understanding and approach.

3D material

The presentations will address the synergies between 2D and 3D, and the use of 3D materials in an inclusive school. 

Adult braille readers

The presentations will focus on processing of auditory and tactile information, as well as a research study on reading strategies and two-handed-reading. Finally, experiences of learning braille later in life will be highlighted.

Tactile graphics

The presentations will include how to build tactile graphics literacy, exemplified in an Indo-Polish collaboration and studies conducted in Canada and the US. The use of audio guided tactile learning show how you can deliver quality education in native language to young learners. Examples and experiences from use of multisensory interactive documents in pedagogical settings will also be addressed.

Music braille

The two presentations in this small and exclusive topic will address improvement of braille music literacy, and how to secure the future of music braille production.

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