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“Blindness, Technology, and Multimodal Reading” Conference Programme

Royal College of Physicians

11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park

London NW1 4LE


Friday June 27 (9.30-19.00)

9.30-10.00: Registration & Welcome (Council Chamber)

10.00-11.00: Plenary Session 1:

Claire Maxwell, “Braille in the Digital Age”

Clive Gardiner, “Digital Talking Books”

11.00-11.15: Break

11.15-12.30: Panel 1: Historical Approaches

Maria Romeiras, “Musicians, Artisans and Teachers: Portuguese Multimodal Perspectives on the Identity of Blind Citizens (18th – 21st centuries)”

Hannah Thompson, “Blindness, Truth and (Audio) Description: Echoes of Multimodal Reading in Wilkie Collins’s Poor Miss Finch

Vanessa Warne, “‘Mountains might be marked by a drop of glue’: Visual Disability and Mapmaking in Mid-Victorian Britain”

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.30: Plenary 2: Julie Anderson, “‘Educating Country Bumpkins’: Reading and Blind Veterans from St Dunstan’s

2.30-2.45: Break

2.45-4.00: Panel 2: Electronic Technology: Affordances and Constraints

Sile O’Modhrain, “The Search for the Holy Braille”

Fredrik Larsson, “On the Concept of Electronic Braille”

Paul Jarman, “Gilding the Lily: Why Digitisation Innovations are Killing Research Opportunities for Visually-Impaired Academics and Writers”

4.00-4.15: Break

4.15-5.15: Plenary 3: Georgina Kleege, “Dear Readers: My History with Aural Texts”

5.15-6.45: Exhibit led by Heather Tilley + Reception

8.00 Dinner at Tas Bloomsbury (optional for £20 per person)

22 Bloomsbury Street


020 7637 4555


Saturday June 28 (10.00-17.30)

10.00-11.15: Plenary 4: George Williams, “Accessibility for the Digital Humanities”

11.15-11.30: Break

11.30-12.30: Panel 3: Digital Learning Tools

Dorine in ‘t Veld, “Digital and Didactic Adaptations in Learning Materials”

Inge de Mönnink, “Games and Apps for Accessible Multimodal Reading”

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-3.00: Panel 4: Braille for Younger Readers

M. Balakrishnan, “Design of an Affordable, Multi-modal, Interactive Braille Tutor System”

John Price, “The Perkins SMART Brailler: Changing the Way We Teach and Learn Braille”

Gun Olsson, “The Braille Club for Young Readers”

3.00-3.15: Break

3.15-4.15: Panel 5: Reading Environments and Cognition

Michael Proulx, “Sensory Substitution Devices for Visual Rehabilitation and Crossmodal Collaboration”

Eileen Hyder, “Reading Groups for Blind and Partially Sighted People”

4.15-4.30: Break

4.30-5.30: Plenary 5: Selina Mills, Blindness in the Media: Who Can We Really See?”


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