• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Tactonom Reader - The New Way to Learn

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 10:20 AM PDT  
Platinum 2  
While sighted people learn with about 25,000 graphics throughout their school education, blind people can only access about 100 learning graphics. This lack of learning material considerably impacts the education of blind and visually impaired people. And as the world becomes ever more visual, the situation will not improve anytime soon. In the session, we will first identify the requirements that need to be met for blind people to be able to independently access, understand and learn with graphical information. We will then demonstrate how the Tactonom Reader enables blind and visually impaired people to work with the same learning content and learning formats as sighted people. Also, experiences of how the Tactonom Reader is used for early learning in European schools and universities will be shared. Examples of maps, floorplans and graphics from mathematics, biology, chemistry, and early learning will be shown live. Besides 2D graphics, examples of how the Tactonom Reader enables blind people to work with 3D objects and a new way to learn Braille will be introduced. In the final step, an open and free database will be shown live. It currently contains more than 1,500 free learning graphics. The database is fed by volunteers from around the world and comes with powerful, automatic translation tools. Everyone is invited to add learning content and improve the learning conditions of blind and visually impaired people worldwide.  
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
A new learning system and database that enables blind people to work with the same content as sighted people will be presented. The live demo will include examples of early learning, school education, university, mobility and Braille learning.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Education
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Mobility
  • School-to-Work Transitioning
Session Type
Exhibitor Track  


  • Klaus-Peter Hars

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