Swail Collection. The National Research Council of Canada, Library and Archives

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Title

Swail Collection. The National Research Council of Canada, Library and Archives

Subject

James Swail's articles and research as it pertained to developing assistive devices for the visually

Description

This collection, sourced from the archives of the National Research Council of Canada, compiles some of the articles written by James Swail, a scientist with the Radio and Electrical Engineering Division of the NRC from 1947-1985. He himself was blind and throughout his career, Swail dedicated himself to developing assistive devices for the technical training and scientific education of people who were blind or partially sighted in order to improve their chances of employability and social integration. He developed numerous assistive instruments ranging from laboratory equipment and mobility devices to punch card readers for computer programmers.

Creator

Carleton University's Disabilities Research Group

Source

National Research Council

Publisher

National Research Council Library and Archives

Date

1947-1985

Rights

Use with permission

Coverage

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Items in the Swail Collection. The National Research Council of Canada, Library and Archives Collection

A 1969 article from the NRC publication Science / Dimension pertaining to Swail and his development of a manually operated reader for punched cards to be used by computer programmers who were blind or partially sighted.

James Swail c. 1969 with punch-card reader
James Swail demonstrating one of the first models of his punch-card reader (c.1969)

James Swail et son lecteur à opération manuelle pour les cartes perforées (c.1969)