Tactile Graphics Conference

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National Federation of the Blind
200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230

Agenda

04/12/2013

General Sessions:

8:00 a.m.    Introduction                
8:20 a.m.    Accessible images at RNIB: innovations and impact – Dr. Sarah Morley Wilkins, Royal National Institute of Blind People

9:20 a.m.    Break
9:35 a.m.    The Talking Tactile Pen and STEM Binder – Steven Landau, Touch Graphics
                 Inc.; Ann Cunningham, Sensational Books

10:35 a.m.   Break
10:50 a.m.   Makerbot and Tactile Graphics - Nathan Leichter, Makerbot       
11:50 a.m.   Lunch                

Afternoon sessions:

3D/Haptics:

1:20 p.m.    A Microscopic World at the Touch: Learning Biology with Novel 2.5D and 3D
                Tactile Models – Cristina G. Reynaga-Peña, Centro de Investigación y de
                Estudios Avanzados del IPN Unidad Monterrey; David Treviño, David Treviño
                Studio; Noé Rico, Universidad Quetzalcóatl de Irapuato; Barbara Alonso,
                University of California, Berkeley; Peggy Lemaux, University of California,
                Berkeley

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    Developing Tactile Diagrams for Artworks – Teresa Kardoulias, Artistic Director, Art Beyond Sight; Marie Clapot, Art Beyond Sight

3:40 p.m.    Break
4:00 p.m.    Technologies for Producing 3D Materials – Clara Van Gerven, National Federation of the Blind

Techniques and Resources:

1:20 p.m.    Tackling Tactile Graphics: Preparing, Formatting and Proofreading Tactile
                 Graphics – Diane Spence, Region 4 Education Service Center

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    Thoughtful Adaptation of Print Graphics into Tactile Form – Fred Otto,
                 American Printing House for the Blind; Yan Zhang, American
                 Printing House for the Blind

3:40 p.m.    Break
4:00 p.m.    Tactile Graphics – Do This Not That – Susan Vaughan, Overbrook School
                 for the Blind; Kelly Lauer, Overbrook School for the Blind

Software-based Solutions:

1:20 p.m.    What’s New - The DIAGRAM Center for Accessible Images & Graphics –
                 Anh Bui, The Benetech Initiative

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    Creating Tactile Graphics with a ViewPlus Tiger Embosser – John Gardner,
                 ViewPlus; Carolyn Gardner, ViewPlus

3:40 p.m.    Break
4:00 p.m.    Accessible Charts, Graphs, and Maps on the iPad – Ed Summers,
                SAS Institute Inc.

Simple Tools:

1:20 p.m.    The Hungry Fingers Way to Tactile Graphics – Boguslaw Marek, The John
                 Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    Cheap, Fast & Easy: Making Pictures with the Sensational BlackBoard for
                 Non-Artists – Ann Cunningham, Sensational Books

3:40 p.m.    Break
4:00 p.m.    Production of Tactile Graphics by Thermography – Cecelia Anczurowski,
                 Tactile Vision Inc.

Agenda

04/13/2013

Research/Simple Tools:

8:30 a.m.      Trends Observed in Math Worksheets Prepared by TVIs, Transcribers
                  and Paraprofessionals – Tina Herzberg, University of South Carolina
                  Upstate; L. Penny Rosenblum, University of Arizona

9:20 a.m.      Break
9:35 a.m.      New Digital Tactile Graphics System from E.A.S.Y. LLC – Michael Rosen,
                  E.A.S.Y. LLC; Michael Coleman, E.A.S.Y. LLC; Joshua Coffee, E.A.S.Y. LLC

10:35 a.m.   Break
10:50 a.m.    Literacy is More Than Words – Shirley Keller, Creative Adaptations for
                  Learning; Ellen Rubin, Exploring Options
11:50 a.m.    Lunch
1:20 p.m.     Making Telescopic Viewing Accessible to the Touch – Noreen Grice,
                 You Can Do Astronomy

2:20 p.m.     Break
2:40 p.m.     Around the World in 180 Days: Tactile Graphics for World Geography –
                  Patricia Renfranz, Parent

3D/Haptics:

8:30 a.m.    Perkins School for the Blind Talking Campus Model – Steven Landau, Touch Graphics and Heamchand Subryan, IDeA Center, University at Buffalo College of Architecture

9:30 a.m.    Break
9:35 a.m.    Improving Geospatial Awareness for National Park Visitors – Tactile
                Features on Raised-Relief Maps – Michael Higgins, Summit Terragraphics Inc.

10:35 a.m.   Break
10:50 a.m.   Using Haptics to Make Science and Math Accessible – Marjorie Darrah,
                 Information Research Corporation
11:50 a.m.   Lunch
1:20 p.m.    Haptic Glove Technology & Skill Development – Sean Tikkun, Northern
                 Illinois University

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    A Picture is Worth a Thousand Dots: Using the Roland VersaUV to
                Produce Graphics – Steve Mullins, American Printing House for the Blind   

Techniques and Resources:

8:30 a.m.    Touching on the Basics of Tactile Literacy – Karen Poppe, American
                Printing House for the Blind

9:30 a.m.    Break
9:35 a.m.    Keeping Raised-Line Tactile Graphic Design In Line With the New BANA
                Guidelines and Standards for Tactile Graphics 2010 – Aquinas Pather,
                T-Base Communications Inc./BANA Tactile Graphics Technical CMTE

10:35 a.m.   Break
10:50 a.m.  APH Tactile Graphic Image Library (TGIL) and Vector Graphic Freeware –
                Adam Clark, American Printing House for the Blind
11:50 a.m.   Lunch
1:20 p.m.    Using Progressive Disclosure for Graphics in University Math and Physics
                 – Christa Miller, Virginia Tech; Jessica Gregory, Virginia Tech

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    Tactile Illustrated Books – Philippe Claudet, Director of Les Doigts
                 Qui Rêvent

Software-based:

8:30 a.m.    Phoenix and Firebird: Technology for Producing High Quality Tactile
                Graphics – Lucia Hasty, Rocky Mountain Braille Associates

9:30 a.m.    Break
9:35 a.m.    Audio-Tactile Maps of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Stations –
                Megan Lawrence, The Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute;
                Greg Kehret, San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind; Joshua Miele,
                The Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

10:35 a.m.   Break
10:50 a.m.   Making and Reading Audio/Tactile graphics using ViewPlus Software
                 and Hardware – Iveo – John Gardner, ViewPlus; Carolyn Gardner, ViewPlus

1:20 p.m.    RNIB's accessible image collection and training resources - Dr. Sarah Morley Wilkins, RNIB; Dave Gunn, RNIB

2:20 p.m.    Break
2:40 p.m.    A new hope: future technologies for tactile graphics - Dave Gunn, RNIB
 

Lodgings

The Holiday Inn has a special rate for convention attendees, which can be booked through the following link to the Holiday Inn site. Guests can also book via central reservations by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY and providing either the group name “National Federation of the Blind” or the (3) letter block code, NAT. The rate is $145 a night, including breakfast.

The address is:

301 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Travel

For travel to and from the airport, you can use the NFB rate with Supershuttle - http://groups.supershuttle.com/nationalfederationoftheblind.html