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Accessible Images

An open source web application draws on the wisdom of the crowds to give the blind access to images.

 

For students who are blind or have other visual disabilities, keeping up with reading assignments is no small challenge. Fewer than 5 percent of published books, including textbooks, are available in text-to-speech, Braille, or large-print versions. Even if students can locate an accessible edition, they’re likely to come across graphics, formulas, and photos labeled only as “image.” That’s not so helpful when it comes to understanding Newton’s laws or analyzing trends on a graph.

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