[Blindmath] technology frustration with my mathlab.com

derek riemer Derek.Riemer at Colorado.EDU
Thu Feb 12 03:27:39 UTC 2015


I would talk to your coordinator. When I started out at college, the 
webassign system for math wasn't accessible. While i didn't do the 
assignments online, the disability services office converted the 
homework to braille for me, so I could complete it. I simply turned it 
in by emailing my completed pdf to the instructor (actually, a learning 
assistant, not the instructor). Anyhow, if they can simply convert the 
assignments,  that should allow you to have equal access to the course, 
although it isn't as nice as having the interactive site. Also, the 
webassign system which is designed by Pearson was recently made 
accessible. I used it with nvda all last semester. It can be a bit weird 
to get used to, but basically they converted all the problems to ascii 
math. Does the software you are referencing do this?
HTH,
Derek
On 2/11/2015 6:38 PM, Sabra Ewing via Blindmath wrote:
> Maybe I am wrong, but that sounds like something they would say to pacify you. It doesn't sound like doing that would work. I think that your best bet would be to either get the math department to transfer you to a class that doesn't use my math lab, which they should do considering the circumstances or work something out with your professor to do different assignments or get a reader.
>
> Sabra Ewing
>
>> On Feb 11, 2015, at 6:50 PM, Brett Boyer via Blindmath <blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>
>> Hi. Is anyone out here using my mathlab.com also known as Pearson Education?
>>
>> They keep saying how accessible they are, and I have been struggling with
>> these people for over a year. My school uses this site a lot and I have
>> actually gotten some very useful things out of it. It is a nice interactive
>> exercise area that will help you break down problems, or show you how to
>> break down a similar problem.
>>
>> However, the last time I spoke to one of their "disability team members" I
>> was told that mathlab will only work with JFW 15, and that I need to use IE
>> 9 or earlier. This seems almost impossible in this day and age to have such
>> old technology.
>>
>> Has anyone worked with these people before? Are they completely nuts? Or am
>> I completely nuts?
>>
>> I have even tried using the enterprise mode for IE, that someone on here was
>> talking about a few weeks ago, only to find out that I have to have windows
>> 8.1 Enterprise; instead of my 8.1 home premium version.
>>
>> I also don't have a cool thousand dollars for jaws.
>>
>> Ready to pull my hair out!
>>
>> Thanks in advance for any suggestions
>>
>> bb
>>
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