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  • Once your proposal submission is received, you will be sent an email to confirm receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 7 days, please contact us to ensure your proposal has been successfully submitted. HKOP and IMPACT 11 team will not be liable for any non-arrival of proposal submission information.
  • If your proposal is selected, at least one representative from your group or organisation should be present at IMPACT 11 for the set up and presentation. If special arrangements or equipment is required, requests must be made clearly in the proposal submission for our consideration.
  • Registration fees should be settled via online payment. Cash and cheques will not be accepted. Registration will only be considered complete once the registration form and payment have been received. Payments not received in full prior to the event may result in entry being denied. No cancellation is accepted. Registration fees for IMPACT 11 are not refundable. If a participant is unable to attend and would like to transfer the registration to another person, approval will be determined by the HKOP & IMPACT 11 team on a case-by-case basis.
  • No responsibility is assumed by HKOP, the organiser or the speakers/authors for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of product, negligence or otherwise, or from any expectation regarding the event, use or operation of any methods, products, artworks, instructions or ideas presented at the event or contained in the notes.
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  • In case of a person (delegate, exhibitor, visitor) infringing the overall interest/aim of the conference or infringing the interest of other delegates, companies or parties involved in the conference, the organiser is entitled to exclude the infringing person/company from the event after an oral or written warning by the HKOP directors show no adequate result. All respective costs in context of the infringement or exclusion are on the infringing person’s/company’s own responsibility. No liability in any way or any reason is taken by the organiser in this case.
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  • While every effort will be made to adhere to the published programme, it may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the organisers to alter the content, speakers, and/or timing of the programme without prior notice. Please check the website for the latest version of the programme.
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  • In addition to the provisions mentioned above, these terms and conditions are subject to the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
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Proposal Abstract

A picture may speak a thousand words, but how might images be translated as a tactile surface? Why might this be important? In the age of screen-based media and digital reproduction, we have abundant access to images, and yet so many images are accessed via screen or as digital prints. Both are presented as an absence of surface. Therefore, people with visual impairments who represent a significant percentage of the community are denied this opportunity to engage fully in society and may range from the enjoyment of an exhibition to navigating across a busy city. From an early age, we use our senses to find out how the things around us feel, taste and sound. When we lose our senses—either through age, illness or impairment from birth—then we lose a vital connection to a rich sensorial engagement with the world. The aim is to explore the possibility of an engaging surface and how print in its many forms might help people connect with images and artefacts and even apprehend large objects for an expanded comprehension. We explore how materials and surfaces feel to the touch and how these can be used for social, cultural engagement, factual information and way-finding. We are working mainly with the visually impaired and different ages to explore how different printed surfaces feel. We are developing materials and resources as memory aids and tactile pictures to understand, for example, the composition and pictorial narrative of a painting, the surface details of a museum artefact, or a scale version of a large building. The presentation will explore different examples of surface tactility and multi-sensory engagement.