Mathspeak: An Audio Method for Presenting Mathematical Formulae to Blind Students
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This paper describes the problems involved with learning and understanding math for vision impaired students and developing a computer system approach for rendering mathematical formulae into audio form. Access to mathematics is an obstacle for blind students. The lack of easy access to mathematical resources is a barrier to higher education for many blind students and puts them at an unfair disadvantage in school, academia, and industry . Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that there is great disparity between the math skills of students with disabilities and students without disabilities . A methodology for rendering technical documents, in particular, complex mathematical formula, in an audio descriptive form (Mathspeak) is presented in this paper.
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