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Colleagues,

I am at The University of Arizona where I prepare teachers of students with visual impairments.  For the last several years I have been working with Dr. Tina Herzberg at the University of South Carolina Upstate on a research study to examine how individuals prepare math materials for braille readers.  As a follow up to this study we are conducting the study What Youth with Visual Impairments Have to Say About Tactile Graphics.  This study will help us better understand what works for youth in regards to tactile graphics.  We are writing to ask for your assistance in recruiting study participants.  If you have a student who meets these criteria please read onward for more information:

  1. Student is in grades 6 through 12 and is within 2 grade levels in math class.
  2. Student resides in the United States.
  3. Student is a proficient braille reader using braille has his/her primary literacy medium in math and science classes.
  4. Student has had experience with tactile graphics (e.g., maps, charts, graphs).
  5. Student is articulate and comfortable sharing information with adults.  This last point is important as the student will need to speak to one of us via phone for approximately 30-45 minutes.

If you have a student who is interested email .

Thank you,
Penny Rosenblum