One of the exciting interdisciplinary projects we are working on at the Universal Design Lab is UEB PREP. This five year federally funded project is focused on helping people learn Unified English Braille (UEB). We are so enthusiastic about this project. In 2016, the braille code has been updated to the Unified English Braille code, and an estimated 286,000 working-age braille users, and the thousands of professionals who provide service and training to people who are blind and visually impaired, will need to learn UEB. We want to make learning braille fun and engaging. This project is focused on serving teachers of the visually impaired, parents of children who are blind or visually impaired, and people with visual impairments. Blindness can be present at birth or it can happen at any time, such as a soldier becoming blind in combat. By creating an engaging way to learn braille, we hope to make a positive difference in the lives of these individuals.
Dr. Sennott led the design on a new framework called Interact, Engage, and Connect. The framework includes: a) eLearning experiences designed to be interactive, b) multimedia and educational gaming designed to be engaging, and c) social networking and telecommunication meant to be connective and motivating.
You can see the elements in our new logo for the project.
The three elements are a book to represent the learning content. This book has braille characters on it. The game controller represents playful practice. The conversation bubbles represent socializing for real reasons. Together they are a merger of learning and practice that is engaging and connecting.
We will be sharing more in the coming days about this important project.