We're always looking for sighted volunteers and visually impaired users who want to help test and improve our service.
I’d like to volunteer
If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the form below, and we'll let you know as soon as IRIS is ready. Beta testing is currently suspended while we work on an update to IRIS, based on feedback from our volunteers world wide.
I’m visually impaired
If you are visually impaired, or supporting someone who is visually impaired, please contact us to express interest in trying IRIS. We will get back to you in a one-to-one bases, sign you up for the beta test and offer you the chance to shape IRIS with us.
What we doOur aim is to bring easy access of visual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) data to Blind and Visually Impaired Students. We believe that scientific data of all forms should be accessible to anyone.
Our ProjectsWe are developing an iOS app which will give users access to a network of volunteers with STEM knowledge, who can quickly identify and describe visual resources for them. We are also working on a device which will act as a kind of interactive braille tablet, allowing BVI users to access visual data through touch and sound.
We are developing a web app, available across all online platforms, making use of a network of researchers, programmers and other scientifically minded people, passionate about making sure nobody gets left in the dark.
We know how difficult it is to find support when it comes to making scientific learning and teaching content accessible. In addition to our other services, we wish to offer practical help with tackling science classes with ease.
The Grapheel R&D scheme focuses on the development of an electronic, refreshable, Tactile Graphics Display (TGD) model. The device will allow touch interaction with visual data using taxels, or tactile pixels.
What our Community Says
I do enjoy IRIS, of course it satisfies the human desire to feel helpful which makes me very happy to help others but I also like that it forces me to stop and think about what I am seeing. This both gives me a kind of mindfulness feeling but also helps me practice giving attention to small details, and I hope in time this will make me into some kind of super skilled graph expert.
- Grapheel in the News: BBC, ITV, the Argus, and more. 11th July 2017
- Can You Guess the Image? 2nd July 2017
- Making the most out of IRIS 1st July 2017
- Calling all Sighted People: We Need YOU! 25th June 2017
- Internship with Grapheel: Welcome, Joanne Sheppard! 22nd May 2017
- Continued: Do disabled STEM students have less support in higher education? (IoP Diversity) 3rd May 2017
- Internship with Grapheel — Summer 2017 25th April 2017