Volume VII Number 2, April 2001

Featured Articles

Online Distance Education - "Anytime, Anywhere" But Not For Everyone

Axel Schmetzke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Library
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

It is questionable whether the architects of the Wisconsin idea, which inspired and shaped university extensions all over the country, were including people with disabilities in their thinking when they proposed to make education more available to the community at large. There is no indication in the pertinent literature that this was the case. However, regardless of whether people with disabilities were included or not, it is likely that they were among the beneficiaries of the extended programs.

Provision Of Services For Students With Visual Impairments: A Case Study

Robert Perkins
School of Education
University of Charleston, SC

Several pieces of legislation provide mandates for colleges, universities and other institutions to provide equal access to their programs and facilities. This project's original objective was to attempt to find an efficient way to deliver services to students with visual disabilities. Specialized equipment was to be housed in a teacher education technology lab. The second objective was to help pre-service and in-service teachers to incorporate assistive technology into their teaching and curricula. This case study describes the attempt made by the University of Charleston=s dual purpose program of providing services and technologies to its own students, while at the same time exposing the professionals of tomorrow to the world of assistive technology.

Development Of A Talking Tactile Tablet

Steven Landau, President of Touch Graphics
Karen Gourgey, Director of Baruch College Computer Center for Visually Impaired People

Researchers have long understood the value of tactile presentation of pictures, maps and diagrams for readers who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. However, some practicalities have always limited the usefulness and appeal of these materials. It is often difficult for a blind individual to make sense of tactile shapes and textures without some extra information to confirm or augment what has been touched. Labeling a drawing with Braille is one way to accomplish this, but since Braille tags must be large and have plenty of blank space around them to be legible, they are not ideal for use with fairly complex or graphically rich images. Also, reliance on Braille labeling restricts the usefulness of tactile graphics to those blind or visually impaired persons who are competent Braille readers.

Call For Chapters

Design and Implementation of Web-Enabled Teaching Tools
A book edited by Mary Hricko, Kent State University, USA

The primary objective of this book is to explore the myriad issues regarding web accessibility, specifically focusing on those areas that cover the design and implementation of web-enabled teaching tools. Thus we need a collection of scholarly research works on web accessibility which will address a vast number of issues ranging from the fundamental definition and basic concepts of universal design to case studies of experiences on application of web accessibility.

Call for Articles

Accessibility of Web-Based Information Resources for People with Disabilities
A special issue of Library Hi Tech, with guest editor Axel Schmetzke, Ph. D.

Call For Articles

Information Technology, Accessibility, and Distance Education
A special issue of Information Technology and Disabilities