Tactile Teachables: Expanding Accessibility with 3D Printing
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3D printing has become more affordable, and a variety of free online tools support both novice and experienced users in obtaining 3D printing and modeling skills.
Among its many practical uses, 3D printing increases the accessibility options for students with visual impairments by making intangible concepts and theories more concrete and perceivable through printed objects.
Collaboration among university groups can further this work, identifying accessibility needs and troubleshooting how 3D printing and other emerging technologies can help address them.
Hollingsworth, F. & Petersen, N. J. (2017). Tactile Teachables: Expanding Accessibility with 3D Printing. Educause, 2017.
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