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In the Blind/Low Vision Module (opens new window) students are introduced to David Best and Stephannie Leach, two individuals who utilize assistive technologies, tools and resources to compensate for their vision loss. You were also offered the opportunity to explore the Tommy Edison Experience videos and try out a Color Blindness Simulator. Did it get you thinking about your own vision and how living without it would present certain challenges? Glasses and contacts are a form of assistive technology that has become so mainstreamed; we no longer consider them an accommodation for overcoming a disability.

Students are asked to read / listen / watch at least one of the following (which can be found in the module):

  1. Pan/Parapan Am Games sends blind lawyer inaccessible invitation
  2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: How Hollywood Portrays Visual Impairment
  3. Guide dogs and guns: America’s blind gunmen
  4. Do Blind People Dream in Color?
  5. ‘Virtual vision’ System is a Boost for Blind Independence

Students are then asked to answer the following discussion post, utilizing the resource(s) they reviewed above, the module information, class material and their own experiences to support their answers:

Media relies heavily on visual images, the printed word and videos. Social media is rapidly becoming a means of communication to share ideas, discuss stories, relay important information and present viewpoints. Individuals who are blind or live with low vision want access to this information, yet without accessible content they are reliant on others. What processes or practices need to be put in place to ensure that content being created for social media, websites, etc. are created to be accessible to someone who has low vision or is blind – or should we continue with the rapid pace and instantaneous messaging we currently have?

Students are required to submit their discussion to the discussion board, the discussion may be a response to a classmates post. The discussion post can be presented as a written, video or audio response. Although there is no word minimum or maximum, students are expected to present their view point in approximately 200-300 words.

Create journalism content using Universal Design which will be accessible in all formats including digital audio, video, and print media, and web content. Articulate the disability perspective through integrated learning opportunities applicable to the field of journalism. Identify the principles and practices of pertinent legislation and standard Web guidelines. Demonstrate the appropriate professionalism.

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