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Tactile Design: There’s More to Accessibility than Alt Tags

March 1, 2024 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Pratt Manhattan Center room 201

The Monarch, which is a Dynamic Tactile Device, which has braille and screen reading capabilities

“I dream of a day when checking out a street map, perusing tattoo designs, or making a seating chart are just as convenient and commonplace for blind folks as for our sighted counterparts.” – Chancey Fleet

The School of Information Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is pleased to welcome to Pratt Chancey Fleet. Have you ever wondered how blind or low-vision people access information visualizations? The answer need not be through text-only such as alt tags, which can be potentially “painfully verbose” according to Fleet, but can also be communicated through the creation of tactile information. In this presentation, Chancey Fleet will discuss her work in creating information available via touch. More information on her work can be found in the 2023 article, “How tactile graphics can help end image poverty” in the MIT Technology Review.

Bio: Chancey Fleet is the assistive technology coordinator at the Dimensions Lab at the New York Public Library.

This event is open to the public.