[nabs-l] My Math Lab & JAWS

Michael D Ausbun mausbun at unr.edu
Wed Jan 21 05:54:26 UTC 2015


I have to agree with Jamie (I apologize if it is misspelled, using dictation). When I used it, fulsome master of 2013, it was pretty accessible.
(That should say fall of 2013). 
It had no problem with radio button selections, such as multiple choice; however, it had a little issue with graphing and fill in the blank. Years and is actively attempting to increase excess ability; however, they are a little behind. Last I checked (three months ago), their claim was the site is compatible with jaws 13. 
I'm not a big fan of my math lab; however, it's not the worst regarding accessibility.

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> On Jan 20, 2015, at 6:33 PM, Jamie Principato via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> Pearson has been working very actively to make improvements to the accessibility of MyMathLab. If you used it more than two years ago, it is very likely that your experience was very different from what a student using JAWS will experience right now. There is nothing inherent about Math that makes it inaccessible to us. The access issues we have as blind students have nothing to do with the subject matter and everything to do with the format in which it is being presented. It absolutely is possible to make math accessible on the Internet, as well as in the libraries, in the classroom, and elsewhere. We just need more people invested in making the necessary innovations. 
> 
> Jamie
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jan 20, 2015, at 5:45 PM, Ashley Bramlett via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> I'm surprised you said that. As others said, my math lab is improving.
>> But access issues are still there.
>> Shikha, I do not know how you gwoked MML when most of us cannot.
>> 
>> Its my understanding when I last researched this that my math lab still
>> uses adobe flash. This software which has changing pictures makes it inaccessible.
>> When I tried to use it several years ago, it was not accessible at all. What I did was book work for homework instead.
>> 
>> I doubt it will be accessible also because its math and you have graphs and figures in math.
>> So if you have to use MML, I'd  suggest you seek out sighted assistance for your homework such as a tutor or reader.
>> You will need sighted assistance to fill in the boxes and answers.
>> 
>> But, I don't think you should have to employ a sighted assistant to do your work.
>> A better approach might be to find an alternative with  your professor such as book problems from the text.
>> 
>> Doing your work independently will enable you to do it at your own pace and schedule, not someone else's.
>> Believe me, I've used readers a lot and know the pitfalls of scheduling conflicts and time constraints.
>> 
>> HTH,
>> 
>> Ashley
>> 
>> -----Original Message----- From: Shikha Desai via nabs-l
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 7:32 PM
>> To: Tom Brown ; National Association of Blind Students mailing list
>> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] My Math Lab & JAWS
>> 
>> Hey,
>> My name is Shikha and I am from Georgia.  I have used my math lab and
>> it is positively and 100 percent accessable with JAWS.  I used my math
>> lab for college algrebra and it is wonderfully great with JAWS.  All
>> you have to do is press down arrows on the page, use tab, and enter.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> 
>>> On 1/20/15, Tom Brown via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> Hello NABS,
>>> 
>>> I am taking a college math course which requires the use of My Math Lab. Has
>>> anyone ever used this program with JAWS, and if so, how accessible is it?
>>> 
>>> Thank you
>>> 
>>> Tom Brown
>>> President Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students
>>> Board member National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania
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