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Training Program on Tools for Making Digital and
Web STEM Content Accessible

On the occasion of 10th Global Accessibility Awareness Day, 20th May 2021, Raised Lines Foundation (RLF) in collaboration with ASSISTECH, IIT Delhi and Progressive Accessibility Solutions announced the launch of a unique training program on tools for making digital documents accessible. RLF has been working for the last three years, in collaboration with NCERT and other agencies, to make the STEM school content accessible through production of a range of tactile books in STEM subjects. To take this initiative forward we would now like to build capacity for making digital content accessible that can support visually impaired students wanting to pursue higher education in STEM disciplines..

Last date to apply
14thJune 2021

Applications Closed

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Prof. Volker Sorge

Univ. of Birmingham (UK)
Progressive Accessibility Solutions

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Professor Volker Sorge has studied Mathematics, Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Würzburg, University of Texas at Austin, and University Saarbrücken. He holds Research Masters in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science (Computational Logic). Volker Sorge is Professor in Document Analysis and Accessibility at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK. He leads the Scientific Document Analysis group whose research primarily focuses on mathematical document analysis, diagram recognition and handwriting recognition. For many years Volker has worked on Maths accessibility. As a visiting scientist at Google he integrated mathematics support into the ChromeVox screen reader. As a member of the MathJax consortium he has worked on formula accessibility on the web. Most recently, in collaboration with the PreTeXt group, the NFB and the American Institute of Mathematics he contributed to the automatic transcription of LaTeX textbooks into tactile Braille books. Volker also manages Progressive Accessibility Solutions, a start-up company that is focusing on exploiting pattern recognition and image analysis technology for automatically making STEM diagrams accessible for teaching and science.
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Mr. Joseph Polizzotto

Alternative Media Supervisor
UC Berkeley

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Mr. Joseph Polizzotto is the Alternative Media Supervisor at UC Berkeley, where he serves students in the Disabled Students' Program (DSP). Joseph enjoys creating workflows for accessible instructional materials and helping students succeed. Joseph is an active contributor to the EPUB for Higher Education workgroup, which promotes the adoption of the EPUB format. Joseph has been in Higher Ed since 2005 and has been an accessibility specialist since 2013. He holds a B.A. in History from UC Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from San José State University.
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Dr. Peter Krautzberger

STEM Accessibility Consultant
krautzource UG

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Dr. Peter Krautzberger is a mathematician by training working as an independent consultant and developer in Bonn, Germany, working primarily to help academic publishers improve their content conversion workflows for STEM content. After leaving research, Peter managed the MathJax Consortium from 2012 to 2017 and he currently leads the work on the AMS HTML platform, including MathViewer for Journal articles and ebook (Kindle and EPUB) production. Peter is also an invited expert on the W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications Working Group (ARIA WG).

Salient features of program

Around 15 candidates would be trained on packages consisting a set of tools for making digital content accessible
Each package would involve approximately 5 hours of lectures and hands-on-training (remote) followed by 10 hours of assignment
The training program for all admitted participants is free
A limited number of fellowships are available for applicants committing to work from home on conversion of documents into accessible format in freelance/part-time mode
Women applicants with Science or Engineering background with some exposure to use of software tools would be preferred
All applicants are expected to have access to a laptop/desktop with internet access

What you will learn


Convert and create accessible STEM content

Markup Formats

Workflows to transform docx/tex/pdf into HTML/epub


Understand and evaluate accessibility requirements


Learn to improve the content and remove access barriers


Work with assistive technologies like screen readers

Prerequisites - What we want you to know

Familiarity with ASCII editors

Platform familiarity: Windows, Linux or Mac

Knowledge of HTML and CSS

Some knowledge of Javascript desirable