Presenter: Luis Perez
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Presentation Description: The saying from photographer Chase Jarvis that the “best camera is the one you have with you” captures the power of mobile devices as tools for documenting our lives through photography in ways that were not possible before. Today’s mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad, have the ability to capture images that rival the quality of those taken with traditional cameras, but in a package that is portable and easy to use for many students who would not otherwise be able to use a camera. For students with disabilities, these devices support a number of accessibility features that make photography more accessible than ever. For example, students with visual disabilities can use facial recognition along with the VoiceOver screen reader to take an image even if they are not able to see what is shown on the iPad or iPhone’s screen. Similarly, students with cognitive and motor impairments can use adaptive devices along with the new Switch Control feature in iOS 7 to interact with their touchscreen devices.
This presentation will include a number of ideas for incorporating photography into the curriculum to engage all learners, tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the camera on your mobile devices, and demonstrations of how to use the camera with the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and other iOS devices. The presenter will share his workflow for mobile photography as well as photos from his own collection that show how someone with a significant visual impairment can be a photographer with the right tools and supports.
Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
New York Times article featuring presenter and his work as a photographer and advocate for people with disabilities: