Education with 3D Printing for Visually Impaired
Neal McKenzie, an educator, changed the world for visually impaired students with 3D printing. Neal makes their lessons and education more accessible and interesting.
Neal kick-starts, after some serious research and proposal to integrate 3D printing into their curriculum, with 3D prints projects that make his students to be more independent and access a specific concept or assignment like a tactile math graphing system.
“Creating a 3D print that bridges that gap to access allows you to have the print ready to go or at least have a solid concept to build on and/or personalize” said Neal.
One of the greatest satisfaction of his designs is the 3D Printed Math Manipulative. He also designed a visual impairment to guide another student to write his own name using the 3D printed guide that gave him a huge confidence boost.
Neal is extremely excited about how 3D printing is bringing to his student and he also see room for growth in methods and processes.
“I really hope to see the use of 3D printing in my field continue to grow and be viewed as a legitimate tool for those who work with the blind and visually impaired. It makes so much sense to me that the ability to produce these limitless tactile models and working with students with visual impairments goes hand in hand. Also to see more collaboration with the maker movement as a whole and accessibility.”
Videos & Images credits to Matterhackers, AT Neal and Autodesk Education
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