[Blindmath] Math problems displayed audio described

Nelson Blachman nelson.blachman at gmail.com
Sat Feb 13 16:50:13 CST 2010

Dear Mr. Vincent,

  Having learned to read Braille (very slowly) only 8 years ago at age 78
and having earlier and since then written mathematical papers in LaTeX (and
gotten them published), I'd like to try to solve some of the problems about
which you e-wrote if I'm able to hear them with the aid of my JAWS screen

  Nelson Blachman
  Nelson at Blachman.org
Oakland, Calif.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "vincent" <vmartin at mindspring.com>
To: <blindmath at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 13, 2010 1:08 PM
Subject: [Blindmath] Math problems displayed audio described

> Hello:
> I have a blind mentee who is finishing up his undergraduate work next 
> year.
> He is one of those kids who was low-vision most of his life and who has
> steadily lost more vision in college.  He reads Braille, but not at the
> speed that he feels that works best for him on timed Math exams.  Using a
> CCTV and cassettes, he made 2280 on the SAT and over 700 was on the Math
> section of the exam and I would love for him to be able to do the same 
> with
> the GRE as well.  He ended up getting a full academic scholarship to a top
> university and we want him to be able to go to a top notch graduate 
> program
> as well.
> He is taking the GRE starting this fall and wants to use the voiced 
> version.
> I was one of only seven people in the country who took it that way as 
> well.
> Although ETS sends you a practice version, it only has one practice exam 
> in
> the same format to use.  I am going to be creating more problems for him 
> to
> solve over the next few weeks for practice, but would love to have some 
> more
> blind people try and solve them this way.  Do any of you feel like giving
> some of my problems a try?  I know how I would explain things with
> description, but I need to know if others can do so as well.  I figured 
> that
> if people on the blind math list can solve the problems or at least give 
> me
> pointers as to how to word them, then some good examples can be produced.
> Hopefully this will lead to some more good practice for him to utilize for
> the actual exam.
> "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there 
> is
> no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof."
> John Kenneth Galbraith
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