Presentation 2017-08-28
A User Survey of the Tactile Graphics Conversion Service for the Blind
Tetsuya Watanabe, Makoto Kobayashi, Kazunori Minatani,
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Abstract(in English) Visual graphics can be accessible by raising the lines of the graphics and converting printed letters into Braille. When this conversion is done on demand of individual blind person, it is called private tactile graphics conversion service, which has not been yet established as a common welfare service for the blind in Japan. Thus, for the future prevalence of this service, a nation-wide user survey was conducted. Among 202 respondents, only 16 people (7.6 %) were using this service. The top provider of this service was Braille transcription circles, followed by Braille libraries, Braille transcription volunteers, and friends and acquaintances. The top converted graphics were maps. Two thirds of the clients were using these services at a frequency of once in a few months or less. The problems faced in using these services were long waiting times for the graphics to be converted, hardness to understand the tactile graphics, and the problems accompanying tactile graphics production.
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Keyword(in English) Blind People / Tactile Graphics / User Survey
Paper # WIT2017-14
Date of Issue 2017-08-21 (WIT)

Conference Information
Committee WIT
Conference Date 2017/8/28(2days)
Place (in Japanese) (See Japanese page)
Place (in English) Faculty of Engineering Science, Akita Univ.
Topics (in Japanese) (See Japanese page)
Topics (in English) Well-being Information Technology, etc.
Chair Chikamune Wada(Kyushu Inst. of Tech.)
Vice Chair Daisuke Wakatsuki(Tsukuba Univ. of Tech.)
Secretary Daisuke Wakatsuki(Nagoya Inst. of Tech.)
Assistant Takeaki Shionome(*) / Manabi Miyagi(Tsukuba Univ. of Tech.) / Takashi Handa(Saitama Industrial Technology Center)

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Registration To Technical Committee on Well-being Information Technology
Language JPN
Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page)
Sub Title (in Japanese) (See Japanese page)
Title (in English) A User Survey of the Tactile Graphics Conversion Service for the Blind
Sub Title (in English)
Keyword(1) Blind People
Keyword(2) Tactile Graphics
Keyword(3) User Survey
1st Author's Name Tetsuya Watanabe
1st Author's Affiliation Niigata University(Niigata Univ.)
2nd Author's Name Makoto Kobayashi
2nd Author's Affiliation Tsukuba University of Technology(Tsukuba Univ. of Tech.)
3rd Author's Name Kazunori Minatani
3rd Author's Affiliation National Center for University Entrance Examinations(DNC)
Date 2017-08-28
Paper # WIT2017-14
Volume (vol) vol.117
Number (no) WIT-188
Page pp.pp.1-5(WIT),
#Pages 5
Date of Issue 2017-08-21 (WIT)