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Working with people with vision impairments: making outreach and public engagement activities more accessible

Ensuring that students and members of the public with vision impairments (VI) have an enjoyable educational experience during outreach and engagement activities holds some challenges for demonstrators. 

In this 2-hour workshop we will learn how to adapt existing activities to better enable all participants to have an educational and enjoyable experience.

Aims and Objectives for the session

By the end of this session participants will:

The workshop will cover:

1. What information can usefully be provided to attendees before they attend outreach activities.

2. How to adapt presentations to make them more accessible.

3. A discussion of activity logistics: how to work with groups of people to make actives more accessible by:

4. Dos and don'ts when working with people with vision impairment

5. Tackling misconceptions and assumptions about people with vision impairments

6. How to adapt specific outreach activities you've already designed eg for Southampton Science & Engineering Festival.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop will be helpful for academic staff, research staff, and doctoral researchers from any discipline, plus undergraduates who are volunteering in Outreach and Public Engagement activities.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Dr Nicolas Bonne is a vision impaired astronomer and science communicator whose research interests include galaxy evolution, galaxy population environments and galaxy morphology. Dr Bonne currently leads the Tactile Universe: a public engagement project focusing on developing methods and materials to communicate current astronomy research to the vision impaired community.

Dr Pearl John is the Outreach Officer for Physics & Astronomy at UoS.

For more information about this workshop please contact Pearl John pj@soton.ac.uk  x22159

Course Dates and booking info:

Wednesday 4 March 2020, 2.30-4.30pm on Highfield Campus

Book your place using the appropriate link below.  

NB if you are an undergraduate student these booking links are not acessible to you - please email Pearl John (contact info above) to join the workshop.

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