[nabs-l] My Math Lab & JAWS

Tom Brown tbrown.brl at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 02:09:21 UTC 2015


Thanks everyone for your input. 

Tom Brown
Pres. Pennsylvania Association of Blind Students
Board Member National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania


> On Jan 21, 2015, at 4:34 PM, Shakita via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 
> When I used my math lab in 2013, it was okay. I wouldn't say that it was  very accessible though. But the multiple-choice worked better than the fill in the blank questions. The only part that I needed sighted assistance  for, was the graphs and figures.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jan 21, 2015, at 1:01 AM, Joshua Hendrickson via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> 
>> It was a few years ago that I had to use it, I'm glad they are trying
>> to make math labs accessible.
>> 
>>> On 1/20/15, Michael D Ausbun via nabs-l <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> 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
>>>> 
>>>>> 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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