Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Accessible Education Lab

Supporting Student Learning Through Accessible ICTs

The Accessible Education Lab research and development activities focus on how inclusive design and assistive technology can make education more accessible to grade school and postsecondary students with disabilities. The Lab’s interests include strategies for using accessible information and communications technology (ICT) and alternative media to support student learning, and improving the accessibility of distance education for students with disabilities.

Current Projects

Accessible ICT Practices in Post-Secondary Education

This exploratory study is investigating accessible information and communication technology (ICT) practices in higher education institutions around the world. This study focuses on adoption of successful practices for ICT accessibility with the purpose of developing a roadmap for accessible ICT practices in higher education.

Auditory Augmented 3D Printed Math Manipulatives for Students with Visual Impairments

The goal of this exploratory project is to design and develop auditory augmented 3-D manipulatives for K-12 math courses that may improve the learning outcomes of students with visual impairments, including those with blindness and print disabilities. The manipulatives will be 3-D printed to make them easy to replicate, and will include audio QR codes, including explanation of the manipulatives. Students with visual impairments and their math teachers will participate in the design process.

BreakThru

Co-Principle Investigators: Robert Todd and Nathan Moon
BreakThru is a learning community that connects students with disabilities to mentors to increase student confidence and participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes. Mentoring occurs through a virtual world and through other online methods.  The project is currently in an evaluation phase; no new mentoring is being set up. BreakThru is an initiative sponsored by the Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA), a collaborative effort between CATEA and the University of Georgia’s College of Education Learning and Performance Support Lab.

Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI)

The CAMI research study explores barriers at United States minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and the impact of accessibility interventions for student with print-related disabilities. Questions addressing the social and psychological challenges for minority students will be studied.

Higher Education Accommodation Data Base and Tracking Application

Through a state allocation of the University System of Georgia, AMAC Accessibility is working alongside a task force of experts to develop and implement the first statewide accommodation tracking and reporting database.

Completed Projects

ScitrainU

Principle investigator: Robert Todd
This project provided online training and resources for university instructors on making science, engineering, and math classrooms and labs accessible to people with disabilities.

Scitrain

Principle investigator: Robert Todd
This project provided online training and resources for high school level instructors on making science, engineering, and math classrooms and labs accessible to people with disabilities.

Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)

Principle investigator: Robert Todd
This project developed training and resources to help educators create accessible distance learning courses. Much of the project focused on the accessibility of nonweb elements, such as PowerPoint files, videos, Word documents, etc.

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