[Blindmath] A few questions and suggestions

Haden Pike haden.pike at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 02:06:39 UTC 2016

You are in the same situation I am, in regards to losing the feeling in your finger tips. I’m currently an undergraduate senior in Computer Science, doing research and development of apps for mobile devices which can translate scientific diagrams (graphs, block diagrams, free-body diagrams, etc) into an audio form while still allowing the user to form a mental representation of how the entities in the image relate to each other.

In regards to your specific questions however, I learned LaTex my Freshman year of college, because we were trying to find a way for me to read Math assignments. My high school teachers never suggested LaTeX, so I assume they didn’t know it. Having said that, the ability to read and write LaTeX will serve you well in the future, so don’t stop learning it.

Also, another thing that helped me was learning a programming language like C, and then using that knowledge to implement mathematical formulas. In the case where you just don’t know the formula, Google for an implementation in C and then study it. Programming language source code is all just plain text and imperative languages like C have a very sequential style. As a side benefit, you may also gain a knowledge of algorithms, which can only help you.

Finally, don’t be afraid to find a sighted reader. I’ve worked with some absolutely incredible people, who have helped me with some of the most difficult math I’ve attempted. I understand wanting to do these things by yourself (it’s part of the reason I do the research I do), but there are times when you just have to accept help.

Anyway, this is worked for me. Others may have different suggestions. Whatever the case, good luck.

Haden Pike
Computer Science
University of Kentucky
Class of 2016

> On Apr 20, 2016, at 4:36 PM, Taylor Arndt via Blindmath <blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am Taylor Arndt. High school student. I am currently taking a math class, but just recently lost my feeling in my fingers. About a year ago. My question is is I used to do braille math, but because I don't really have feeling in my fingers anymore how can I do the equivalent on a laptop? Things I have tried:
> I have tried getting the assignments from the teacher and because they're all on paper having to scan them
> This solution is not great, because I've had many instances where problems are getting chopped off or they are the wrong problems.
> I have tried also getting the equations from the teacher ahead of time and then having to type them, but this  Takes up valuable class Time .
> Finally, I am trying in the  infty reader. 
> Is anybody use this program?
> Do you like it?
> What format do you output the file into?
> If you use latex how do you distribute  to your it teacher or professor? 
> Also, I'm going to mention my career goal. My goal is to someday become a computer science major, and I realize this requires a lot of math, so I am trying to figure this out at a young age.
> Thank you
> Taylor Arndt
> Sent from my iPhone
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