Last week, Eyes on Success interviewed UW CSE professor Richard Ladner about his long-running Tactile Graphics Project, a tool for creating universally accessible graphs and charts. During the half-hour audio show, Ladner talked about the importance of tactile graphics in providing blind students with access to figures and diagrams in textbooks, and how computer vision and machine learning techniques enable more rapid translation of graphical images for this purpose. He also talked about Tactile Graphics with a Voice, which is a way to access the textual information in tactile graphics using QR-codes instead of Braille.
The Eyes on Success audio show, which was created by Pete and Nancy Torpey in 2011, has more than 200 entertaining and informative interviews with people who are blind or who work on projects that serve the blind and low-vision population. Former graduate student Jeff Bigham was featured in August 2011 sharing details on WebAnywhere, the web-based screen reader that he developed as part of his UW dissertation.
Listen to Richard’s Eyes on Success interview here.
Learn more about the Tactile Graphics Project here.