On October 29-30, 2013, partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Romania met in Denmark to kick-off the new RoboBraille project aimed at creating a comprehensive training course on alternate media for teachers, parents and alternate media producers. Despite harsh weather conditions - Denmark experienced the worst storm for more than a decade at the time the partners were due to arrive in Copenhagen - the project team had a productive two-day meeting.
The goal of the project is to explore new smarter and easier methods to prepare and produce educational material in alternate formats (e.g., digital Braille, audio books, e-books and other accessible documents) using RoboBraille and other relevant free ICT tools, and to further educate teachers, parents and professional alternate media producers supporting people with visual and reading impairments to use such methods and tools. RoboBraille is a free, award-winning service capable of automatically converting documents into alternate formats.
Throughout the project, partners from different settings across Europe will collaborate to collect information and create a complete training course comprising training activities, course material and a collection of tested methodologies and technologies.The training course will be ready to implement throughout Europe on a cross-curriculum basis and will improve the quality of education for visual and reading impaired students by providing the appropriate tools and methods for preparing and creating educational material in alternate formats in an efficient, timely and easy-to-use manner.
The two-year project is supported by the European Commission under the Leonardi da Vinci part of the Life Long Learning programme. The project is coordinated by Synscenter Refsnæs with Sensus as the co-cordinator.