OCAD students reimagine AGO artwork for visually impaired visitors, via @torontostar

Rachel Han (left) and Norbert Zhao, OCAD university graduate students of the Inclusive Design program, stand alongside Tom Thomson's The West Wind at the Art Gallery of Ontario holding their multi-sensory interpretive project.

“Peter Coppin remembers the discussion with a visually impaired student that helped him understand how much can be misunderstood when a person has to depend on words to understand what someone else can see.

Rachel Han (left) and Norbert Zhao, OCAD university graduate students of the Inclusive Design program, stand alongside Tom Thomson's The West Wind at the Art Gallery of Ontario holding their multi-sensory interpretive project.

Rachel Han (left) and Norbert Zhao, OCAD university graduate students of the Inclusive Design program, stand alongside Tom Thomson’s The West Wind at the Art Gallery of Ontario holding their multi-sensory interpretive project.

They were talking about Italy and the student knew that Italy is shaped like a boot. But when Coppin described it as a boot with a high heel like the Three Muskateers would wear, the student laughed out loud. He had been envisioning Italy as an entirely different kind of boot shape, and the idea of Italy as a Muskateer boot was comical to him.”

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