Accessibility App

Quick Installation. Easy to use.

Vizling is an accessibility app designed to make multimodal media, like comics, maps, and art, accessible for blind and low vision readers in an equitable way using an intuitive user interface which combines haptics with scaffolded exploratory reading modes.

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What is Vizling

A mobile app for users of all kinds to navigate multimodal texts like comics and textbooks in fully equitable, accessible ways.

Visual and Haptics

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Intuitive user interface which combines haptics with scaffolded exploratory reading modes offers accessibility for blind and low vision readers to enjoy graphics based media.

Audio Playback

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Audio versions of the script are recorded by voice actors for a dynamic and interactive listening experience.

The App You Need

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Users can navigate content with ease for dialogue, scene description, overarching narrative, narration, objects, and more.

Simple Interaction Experience

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The app utilizes haptics in addition to visual and auditory feedback to enhance touch gestures and interactions.

Supporting Digital Scholarship

To spur and facilitate digital scholarship in the humanities, the Vizling App will be FREE to download. Readers, researchers, and artists will be able to digitize, archive, and render accessible graphic narratives outside of the Vizling App database and original work following our published guidelines and using our administrative software.

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Two males standing side by side over a solid pink background holding a comic book and an open laptop. On the left is Darren, holding a comic book with a speech bubble that said the Vizling app is important to all readers. On the right is Aaron holding an open laptop with the screen facing viewers with a speech bubble that said its novel approach creates equitable access to existing knowledge with the promise to generate even more.

Vizling app is important for all readers

Its novel approach creates equitable access to existing knowledge with the promise to generate even more.

Meet Our Founders

Founders of the Vizling App aim to make multimodal texts more accessible and researchable.

Darren DeFrain, Ph.D.

Dr. DeFrain, an award-winning educational accessibility expert and professor of English, oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and delegates tasks to the project team and contractors. An English professor, DeFrain has over 30 years of experience in educational theory and practice. DeFrain is responsible for social media, community outreach, and most elements of commercialization. Email Dr. DeFrain at darren.defrain@wichita.edu.

Aaron Rodriguez, MFA

Mr. Rodriguez, an award-winning educational accessibility and technologies expert with nearly 7 years of experience teaching at the college level, is in charge of the design and development of the Vizling App and the Vizling Accessible Design Software. Mr. Rodriguez leads Vizling efforts into education research and is tasked with coordinating, evaluating, implementing testing, updating, and improving the education technology products. Email Aaron Rodriguez at info@vizling.org.

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Darren DeFrain, Ph.D.

Dr. DeFrain, an award-winning educational accessibility expert and professor of English, oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and delegates tasks to the project team and contractors. An English professor, DeFrain has over 30 years of experience in educational theory and practice. DeFrain is responsible for social media, community outreach, and most elements of commercialization. Email Dr. DeFrain at darren.defrain@wichita.edu.

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Aaron Rodriguez, MFA

Mr. Rodriguez, an award-winning educational accessibility and technologies expert with nearly 7 years of experience teaching at the college level, is in charge of the design and development of the Vizling App and the Vizling Accessible Design Software. Mr. Rodriguez leads Vizling efforts into education research and is tasked with coordinating, evaluating, implementing testing, updating, and improving the education technology products. Email Aaron Rodriguez at info@vizling.org.

Vizling Fellows

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Peech

Tansy “Peech” Breshears is an MA candidate with an undergraduate degree in English from Wichita State University. They prefer to be called Peech! Some of their interests are: expanding accessibility in social media and entertainment, social justice, elevating Black American voices in media, eradicating stigma surrounding disabilities and particular jobs and work, and encouraging women and people of color to enjoy motorcycle riding, too.

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Lara Law

Lara Law is a MFA student at Wichita State University where she writes primarily magical realism, fantasy and science fiction stories. She is a teacher by day and a nerd by night with a passion for anything that gets her out of the dreary real world. Her favorite dinosaur is the majungasaurus and everyone should know it exists.

Meet Our Tech Team

T3 is an innovation-driven, technology center at WSU since 1998.

T3 is a diverse team of highly skilled professionals with expertise in design and development using cutting-edge technologies.

Through our expansive portfolio of work, experienced team’s skillset, and ability to take on new challenges, we were excited to team up with the innovative Vizling group to bring their vision to life.

Tech Team

An innovation-driven, technology center at Wichita State University since 1998

T3 is a diverse team of highly skilled professionals with expertise in design and development using cutting-edge technologies.

Through our expansive portfolio of work, experienced team’s skillset, and ability to take on new challenges, we were excited to team up with the innovative Vizling group to bring their vision to life.

Meet the Board

2022 Vizling Board Members

  • Rajiv Bagai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wichita State University.

  • Kathy Downes, MSLS, Dean of University Libraries, Wichita State University.

  • Robert D. Gerlach, Esq., Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Wichita State University.

  • Jean C. Griffith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of English, Wichita State University.

  • Andrew Hippisley, Ph.D., Professor of Linguistics and Dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University.

  • John Jones, M.F.A., CPACC, Director of the Media Resources Center, Wichita State University.

  • Jeremy Patterson, Ph.D., Dean of College of Innovation Design, Endowed Professor or Human Performance Studies, College of Applied Studies, Wichita State University; Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, and Director of Wichita Interdisciplinary Group for Emerging Technology.

  • Ron Schuchard, Ph.D., FARVO, Executive Director of the Envision Research Institute.

  • Joel Suss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of the Applied Cognition & Expertise Lab, Wichita State University.

  • Gary Taylor, Ph.D., Dahl and Lottie Pryor Professor of Shakespearean Literature, and Chair of the English Department, Florida State University.

  • John Walsh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering, Indiana University.

  • Jillian Weise, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Writer & Activist, Florida State University.
  • Kerry Wilks, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Association of Hispanic Classical Theater Board Member, Chair of Equality Kansas.

Available Soon!

We can’t wait to show you the app.

The engineer, designer, and developer are hard at work handcrafting the app. It is currently in development and will be available soon for FREE download in Google Play and AppStore.

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Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. Send us a message

    Mailing Address

    VIZLING LLC
    62 South Mission Road,
    Eastborough, KS, 67207

    If you have any questions, please contact us at contact@vizling.org