Hercules A

Hercules A
Radio-Optical View of the Galaxy Hercules A - Many thanks to: NASA, ESA, S. Baum and C. O'Dea (RIT), R. Perley and W. Cotton (NRAO/AUI/NSF), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sonification for the visually impaired

Solar and Jovian radiation can be sonified:

Many thanks to Jim Sky for developing sonification tools.

My Friend Wanda describes how losing her sight led her to investigate new ways of studying space physics, using sound rather than visual information:



Sonification Handbook Chapter 12:

Diaz-Merced et al. 2008, Sonification for the Analysis of Plasma Bubbles at 21 MHz

Touch of The Universe Project:

"...The beauty of the Universe never fails to amaze us. From poets, artists to astronomers and public, we all have been fascinated by its beauty. But, take a step back and think! What about people with vision impairments?

According to the World Health Organisation, about 285 million people have some degree of visual impairment. About 39 million are blind, and 246 million are visually impaired. About 90% of them live in developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Regions, and they are 10 times more likely to go blind than those in developed countries.

To address this much neglected area, under the framework of Universal Design of Learning (UDL), we have created 'A Touch of The Universe' project. It aims to build 30 sets of tactile astronomy KITS for children with vision impairments. But we need your support to complete the project.

If you would like to support the project, you can make a donation on the project's website. You can also support the project by circulating the call amongst your friends, promoting it on your social media networks and blogging about it..."