[BlindMath] calculus and statistics accommodations and access

Derek Scott Riemer Derek.Riemer at colorado.edu
Sun Aug 13 18:49:29 UTC 2017


There's actively work going on also on training publishers and authors on
good description practices. stay tuned for some announcements on that front.

On Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 10:40 AM, White, Jason J via BlindMath <
blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Many of the books available from Bookshare are, as I understand it,
> derived from publishers' source files, which do not include image
> descriptions. However, work is underway within the digital publishing
> standards community to improve the accessibility of the files created by
> publishers. Benetech (the organization responsible for Bookshare) is at the
> forefront of this work.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: BlindMath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Trevor
> Attenberg via BlindMath
> Sent: Sunday, August 13, 2017 2:32 AM
> To: 'Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics' <
> blindmath at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: Trevor Attenberg <tattenberg at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [BlindMath] calculus and statistics accommodations and access
>
> Hey gang,
> This may have been mentioned, but all of the textbooks I've seen on
> Bookshare concerning stats, calc, and programming, are not entirely
> accessible. The explanation I got was that they rely on the publishers to
> scan their stuff, and often these publishers don't bother to convert
> graphical material, including formulae in many cases over into anything a
> screen-reader, etc. would know what to do with. Thus, at least per a JAWS
> user as myself, such material regularly registers as either a blank space,
> or as an unlabeled graphic. Perhaps some folks on this list would know of
> some fine exceptions. Learning Allie has materials in the form of audio
> recordings, but these are often read by highly unprofessional, barely
> tolerable volunteers.
> Sorry if this was covered already. I had to delete some other messages in
> this chain.
> Best,
> Trevor
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: BlindMath [mailto:blindmath-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of David
> Moore via BlindMath
> Sent: Friday, August 11, 2017 4:20 PM
> To: Blind Math list for those interested in mathematics
> Cc: David Moore
> Subject: Re: [BlindMath] calculus and statistics accomidations and access
>
> Hi!
> I am happy to tell you that I tutor Calculus and Sstatistics on line in my
> on line tutoring business.
> Calculus is not much more than applying algebra to find areas under curves
> and so on. Must of calculus is using formulas which they give you.
> I use Windows 10 on my laptop, and use the following software:
> Math Type along with MS Word. Math Type combined with MS Word, allows me
> to type equations and send them to my clients on line.
> Also, I use LeTeX a lot.
> It is an easy programming like language to type out all math in a text
> editor, and then you can run it through a free LaTeX engion, to convert the
> text file to equations and all that you would find in a math textbook.
> That is how you could type out all of your math to submit to your
> instructors on line.
> Maybe you could get around using the program that they use. If you could
> send your work over an on line service like Dropbox, or Google Drive, that
> might satisfy them.
> Also, for the text books, you could order a book like it on line that
> would be in audio form. You may not be able to get the exact book that they
> use, but one very similar to it. You could do the home work problems out of
> that book, since it would be the same math concepts.
> Book Share, or Learning Ally would have many Calculus and statistics books
> that would be very similar to the book they use, and it would be read to
> you.
> You can right in Braille all of your steps, into the computer, if you have
> a Braille display. You could read your work on the Braille display. You
> could use a Braille translator to convert your Braille work into print.
> The key for you to be able to send your math work is LaTeX. Once you
> convert your code that you write into a text editor, you can print it out,
> and it will look like you wrote it out yourself.
> However, that is what Math Type does along with MS Word as well.
> I would try Math Type with MS word first, and see if that meets your needs.
> Please email me off list, and I will be able to give you a much better
> idea about how I present my math to people that I tutor on Line.
> David Moore
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Preston Davis III via BlindMath
> Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:03 PM
> To: blindmath at nfbnet.org
> Cc: Preston Davis III
> Subject: [BlindMath] calculus and statistics accomidations and access
>
> Hello all,
>
> I’m sure what I’m about to ask has been asked somewhere before in some
> fashion, but I couldn’t figure out the search feature. Anyway, I have to
> take calculus and statistics as a requirement for getting accepted into
> business school. I really have no idea what I’m getting myself into, and
> what I’m looking for is, best case, people who have taken or teach either
> of these subject areas to offer some practical advice, or accommodation
> techniques for situations I’ll face in either of these areas that I should
> try out to ensure I have a solid grasp of the material. My community
> college is not the best when it comes to providing accommodations, (not for
> lack of caring though), and I don’t think we have the time or money to
> spend on some solutions I’ve heard of. Here’s some helpful information: I
> am a braille reader with access to a windows pc, Jaws, and a braille
> display. My DSS office has a picture in a flash machine but they are a
> little less-than competent in its operation. One potential problem I might
> run in too is that my college uses my math lab by Pearson, for homework,
> and quizzes online.
> While I’m not sure if this is the case for these particular courses, in
> the others I’ve taken it is. I have a meeting with the professor of both
> courses on the seventeenth of august, so I’m trying to get as much
> information as I can before then.
>
> Thanks in advance
> PDIII
>
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