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Universal Design of Tactile Exhibits with Touch Activated Descriptive Audio for Aquariums

Principal researcher

Name: Rebecca Fuller

Contact details: RAF Models & Displays, 111 Cascade Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC  27127, United States of America.
Tel: +1 336 722 4250
Email: rafmodels@triad.rr.com

Website: www.rafmodels.com

Project details

Start date: 01/10/2006
End date: 01/10/2009

Description: The purpose of this project is to develop strategies and technologies that enhance the learning opportunities at aquariums for people who are blind or low vision (B/LV). The project evaluates current aquarium exhibit strategies related to an interpretive program and assesses barriers for people who are B/LV that functionally limit their participation in the critical learning opportunities extended to the general public. The project identifies and develops universal design best practice strategies and methodologies that enhance social integration and access to exhibit and interpretive information for persons who are B/LV. The project develops cost effective technologies to couple a user-directed tactile experience with audio descriptive information for aquarium exhibits. The project emphasizes methodologies that emphasize user involvement by persons who are B/LV in the design and evaluation of prototypical designs for aquariums.

Other organisations involved in this project

Last updated: 12/03/2010