Deadline: February 1, 2014
Dates: June 27-28, 2014
Location:Wellcome Collection, London
“Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” is a two-day conference focusing on the relationship among visual disabilities, reading formats, and multimodal literacy from historical as well as present-day perspectives. It brings together internationally renowned figures from the humanities, sciences, and public sector to discuss technological innovations designed to make reading material accessible to blind and other print-disabled readers. The conference will involve researchers working on a wide range of topics including embossed printing, talking books, text-to-speech reading machines, refreshable braille displays, screen readers, and electronic note-takers. Questions to be considered include: How can visual material be translated into media accessible to other senses including touch, hearing, scent, and taste? How are new techniques of representation linked to new forms of cognition and community? What lessons have been learned about the practice of reading from historical experiments with print access? In today’s digital environments, how does multimodal literacy encompass both blind and sighted readers?