”Beyond 3D printers”: understanding long-term digital fabrication practices for the education of visually impaired or blind youth

Brule, Emeline and Bailly, Gilles (2021) ”Beyond 3D printers”: understanding long-term digital fabrication practices for the education of visually impaired or blind youth. CHI 2021, Japan / Online, May 8-13, 2021. Published in: CHI Proceedings. a44 1-15. ACM, New York, NY, United States. ISBN 9781450380966

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Abstract

Disability professionals could use digital fabrication tools to provide customised assistive technologies or accessible media beneficial to the education of Blind or visually impaired youth. However, there is little documentation of long-term practices with these tools by professionals in this field, limiting our ability to support their work. We report on such practices in a French organisation, providing disability educational services and using digital fabrication since 2013, for six years. We trace how professionals defined how digital fabrication could and should be used through a range of projects, based on pedagogical uses and the constraints in creation, production and maintenance. We outline new research perspectives going beyond 3D printers and its promises of automation to embrace hybrid approaches currently supported by laser cutters, the learning and documentation process, and the production of accessible tactile media at a regional or national scale.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Disability, Do-It-Yourself, Making, Social Design, Fablab, Maker Space, 3D Printing, ActivityTheory, Inclusive Innovation, School, Tactile, Workplace Studies
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Subjects: L Education
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Depositing User: Emeline Brule
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2021 09:16
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 12:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/97420

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