Aquinas Pather's blog

Deviating from BANA to accommodate your students

When ensuring that your blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted students are receiving the highest quality of education as their sighted peers, it is important to offer choice and a range of alternate formats for every individual. Sometimes a hybrid format works best for a student’s learning, while other times a student would prefer strictly braille.

Aquinas Pather - Dec 23, 2015

Are orientation and mobility maps part of your accessibility solution?

When it comes to providing accessible communications, organizations must think beyond their direct communications with their customers. Not only is providing accessible documents important at your place of business, but if you are providing services to the public, your public space must also accommodate consumers who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted.

Aquinas Pather - Nov 19, 2015

Embossing Brain Scans: Are Tactile Graphics the Way to Go?

When you think of tactile graphics, you might think of familiar images: houses, people, vehicles, animals, etc. It’s true that many tactile graphics—used in classrooms and the workplace—incorporate these things; however, it’s also true that tactile graphics allow for the reproduction of more complex graphics, using line and dot patterns, surface height variance and other tactually distinct elements to convey meaning. One such complex graphic is the human brain.

Aquinas Pather - Oct 29, 2015

The Challenge: Tactile Graphics vs. 3D Printing for Accessible Education Materials

Each year T-Base is funneled many requests from North American universities and colleges asking for us to produce alternate format textbooks for the STEM disciplines. Due to the complexity of STEM subjects, the production of tactile graphics is often the best practice when transcribing these subjects for students who are blind and low vision.

Aquinas Pather - Oct 27, 2015

What does a textbook look like once converted into braille?

It’s back-to-school season, and there’s no better time than the present to ensure you, first, understand what your students need to succeed and, second, make sure they have those resources. For students in North America who have a visual disability, braille textbooks are a fundamental resource—something they must have in order to understand the curriculum and complete their studies.

Aquinas Pather - Sep 17, 2015

Do you produce tactile campus maps?

Besides transcribing textbooks and learning materials into braille, e-Text, audio and accessible PDF, we produce accessible campus maps for the many students in North America who are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted to use. All students need the resources to get around campus comfortably and confidently.

Aquinas Pather - Sep 10, 2015

What you didn’t know about UEB explained.

Back in Minnesota in July for the 2015 AHEAD conference, the topic of UEB was mentioned at our booth quite a few times, so we're here to tell you more about it!

UEB has been a popular and rising topic in the past year due to an attempt to standardized braille for the English speaking population. UEB stands for Unified English Braille and will provide a single code that can be used for literary and technical materials throughout the English speaking world, replacing the current standard, EBAE (English Braille American Edition).

Aquinas Pather - Aug 14, 2015


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