Current Research

The AnimalWatch Vi: Building Graphics Literacy project is a 3 year-project.  This project is an extension of our work with AnimalWatch Vi Suite  (2012-2016).

The project is funded by the US Dept. of Education's Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Special Education Research. 

During the project we have developed an intervention to train students with visual impairments to locate key information in graphics such as line, bar, and circle graphs, diagrams, figures and geometric shapes, and maps. In spring 2018 we are refining our intervention with 48 students with VI and their 18 teachers of students with visual impairments. The intervention uses an iPad app and accompanying graphics that have content about environmental science topics. 

We are currently recruiting students and their teachers for our 2018-2019 study. Learn more about the study.

We expect our data to show that following the intervention students are more efficient, motivated and competent in locating information presented in graphics.