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A JBrick: Accessible Robotics Programming for Visually Impaired Users

  • Stephanie LudiEmail author
  • Scott Jordan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9177)

Abstract

Despite advances in assistive technology, challenges remain in pre-college computer science outreach and university programs for visually impaired students. The use of robotics has been popular in pre-college classrooms and outreach programs, including those that serve underrepresented groups. This paper describes the specific accessibility features implemented in software that provides an accessible Lego Mindstorms NXT programming environment for teenage students who are visually impaired. JBrick is designed to support students with diverse visual acuity and who use needed assistive technology. Field tests over several days showed that JBrick has the potential to accommodate students who are visually impaired as they work together to program Lego Mindstorms NXT robots.

Keywords

Accessibility Robotics Visual impairment 

Notes

Acknowledgements

JBrick is supported by the National Science Foundation (#1240809). Thanks to students who have contributed to this project, as well as the participants who have provided feedback.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Software Engineering, Department of Computer ScienceRochester Institute of TechnologyRochesterUSA

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