EPICS – Addressing Barriers for the Blind, Visually Impaired
Student lead: Deegan Atha
Student major: Electrical Engineering
Current technologies focus on reading and writing, but blind and visually impaired children have few recourses to learn mathematics. It’s not uncommon for equations to require multiple lines of information. However, the Engineering Projects in Community Service and Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired have co-developed a device to aid a sighted math teacher in reading a blind student’s work.
The nationally and internationally recognized ISBV educates children and young adults who are blind or have low vision. EPICS courses average participation from 45 majors, which aids in the project’s sustainability. Pursuit of patents, as well as deployment strategy for the technology extends the project’s life.
Rich in visually presented concepts and information, mathematics is largely considered inaccessible to visually impaired and blind students. The EPICS ISBVI project has potential to drive social mobility by democratizing math for blind and visually impaired K-12 students.
- Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired