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Re: teaching acoustics to a student with low vision


I'm a research student at the SARC. Yes, Sile is on staff here.

You can contact her via:




Al Bregman wrote:
Dear Sarah,

You might want to contact Dr. Sile O'Modhrain (pronounced "Sheila
O'Morrin") whom I met at Media Lab Europe (now defunct), in Dublin,
several years ago.  Sile is a blind audio engineer who did a thesis in
music technology at CCRMA.  She has, among other things, worked on
haptic interfaces to help the blind visualize waveforms, etc.

A home page that I found for her at the Sonic Arts Research Centre
(SARC) at Queens University, Belfast is:
The page gives no contact information.

I don't know whether she's still there.  Somebody at CCRMA, such as
Chris Chafe (cc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) may have current contact
information for her.

--  Al
Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor
Psychology Department, McGill University
1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1B1.
    Tel: (514) 484-2592, (514) 398-6103
    Fax: (514) 484-2592

On 1/18/07, Ferguson, Sarah Hargus <safergus@xxxxxx> wrote:

Hello all - I have a student in my Physics of Speech class this semester
who has a visual impairment. We've worked out a number of ways to help
her access the material, such as enlarging text and having a note-taker
in class to get all of the board work, but are stuck on the lab portion
of the course. Most of lab activities use Multispeech and involve having
students reading waveforms, spectra, and spectrograms. Does anyone have
any experience with/ suggestions for ways we can help this student be
able to reap the benefits of this hands-on portion of the course?

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Sarah Hargus Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-A
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
University of Kansas
Dole Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS  66045
office: (785)864-1116
Speech Acoustics and Perception Lab: (785)864-0610