[Blindmath] Bringing notes to an exam

Michael Whapples mwhapples at aim.com
Sun Feb 24 11:00:17 CST 2013

I will first deal with the second question of what the notes should be on.

On paper is probably less of a concern, particularly if the exam is an 
external exam and so adaptations need passing by an external organisation.

This is not to say that a notetaker device would not be permitted, but 
if going down that route it might be worth considering how one can 
ensure that no other document would be accessed. One request I have 
encountered when doing exams on a computer is to have a visual display 
visible at all times so it could be checked at any time to confirm I am 
not accessing something I should not be within the exam time. Some 
notetaker devices do allow connecting a visual display, some do not have 
such a feature.

As for the question of how much should be permitted, as Tim suggested 
this is possibly difficult to do when considering the Braille. Sometimes 
it is best to just use what seems reasonable (personally I would say 
around 4 Braille pages, may be up to 6, beyond that may require knowing 
what is written). If one really must enforce a definite limit then the 
only way I can imagine is for the notes either to be produced on a 
computer and converted to Braille, or originally written in Braille and 
then converted to print (possibly even by the student reading them to 
someone who writes it in print), and then counting the print pages.

Michael Whapples
On 24/02/2013 00:04, Gabriela Moats wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> A student I work with is taking a Calculus exam where students are allowed
> to bring in one double-sided page of notes. We're trying to figure out what
> a comparable equivalent to that would be for this blind student. How many
> extra pages should he be allowed since Braille tends to take up more space?
> Should it be printed out Braille or could it be on his notetaking device?
> Does anyone have any experience with providing a similar accommodation?
> Thanks everyone!
> Gabriela

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