[BlindMath] Agile Mind and Blind Student

Shelley Mack smackbrl at gmail.com
Mon Jul 15 17:54:27 UTC 2019

I know of one district that printed the entire program off and is having it
transcribed into braille. On a side note and just my opinion, I don't
understand how younger--or even older--students can become proficient in
math skills without hard copy braille. Only listening to math or even
getting one line at a time on refreshable braille is simply not the same as
getting the whole picture, not to mention the accompanying tactile graphics
that are often not provided in these situations. I'll get off my soapbox


On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 1:36 PM Joeleen Smith via BlindMath <
blindmath at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> I have a student entering 6th grade in our system that is blind. Our school
> system uses Agile Mind to deliver 6th-grade math curriculum. Agile Mind
> includes many dynamic representations of mathematics equations and
> processes which are not compatible with JAWS. When these representations
> are shown on the screen, JAWS is not able to read them and the student is
> not able to decipher what is on the screen. Additionally, the program has
> not been coded in such a way that JAWS knows when to stop reading content
> and pause so equations are not read correctly. For example, when given
> multiple problems on the screen at once JAWS does not know to pause to let
> the student know it is the end of the first equation before reading the
> next one. So, 4+2=; 3+6=; 5+6= would be read as 4+2=3+6=5+6=.
> Has anyone else encountered accessibility issues like these? Have you found
> any solutions? Has anyone encountered similar issues maybe with other
> programs and what was the solution that the school system offered?
> --
> Joeleen Smith (McShane), Ed.S.
> Supervisor of Special Education
> Queen Anne's County Board of Education
> 202 Chesterfield Ave.
> Centreville, MD 21617
> Office: 410-758-2403 X. 131
> Cell: 443-614-6864
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