[Athen] Dragon NS and Math/Engineering

Wink Harner wink.harner at mcmail.maricopa.edu
Wed Aug 30 16:02:52 PDT 2006

Hu John,

Math Talk is for anyone with a math disability, orthopedic impairment or
who is visually impaired/blind. It is easy to use & train...really easy!

If you toggle between Dragon Professional (after training the engineering
vocabulary which can, by the way, be scanned with OCR, copied from another
file into the student's computer or manually entered--Dragon will 'mine'
the vocabulary from the hard drive and make it easy to train) and MATH TALK,
the student can dictate the math problems, copy to MSW & dictate words with
Dragon. It may be a bit awkward at first but with the alt + tab key it's
very simple to toggle between programs/screens.



>-- Original Message --

>Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 15:45:03 -0700

>To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>

>From: John Gardner <john.gardner at orst.edu>

>Subject: Re: [Athen] Dragon NS and Math/Engineering

>Reply-To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network <athen at athenpro.org>



>Sarah, MathTalk was (I believe) intended primarily for people who are

>blind and cannot, for whatever reason, use a keyboard. If your

>student is not blind and can use a trackball, then he should be able

>to use an on-screen keyboard and to compose math with more or less

>any conventional math authoring application. Try Word with the

>MathType equation editor. Writing math will be tedious, but frankly

>I doubt that anything that composes math with speech is likely to be

>fast either.


>Am I missing something?







>At 01:53 PM 8/30/2006, you wrote:


>>Hello, I am currently working with a student at Colorado State

>>University who experienced a spinal cord injury and is now at an

>>incomplete C5-C6 level. He is using Dragon right now for all his

>>computing needs, although he can successfully manipulate a trackball

>>mouse which helps. His main issue is that he is an engineering

>>student and is looking for a program that interfaces well with

>>Dragon but will allow him to dictate math and engineering lingo he

>>needs. I am not too familiar with the engineering aspect so wanted

>>to query all of you to see if anyone has experienced a similar

>>situation and has any advice as to math or engineering programs that

>>would interface well with Dragon.


>>I've looked up and have demo Cds of mathtalk by metroplex but the

>>student did not feel it would meet his needs for engineering entirely.


>>Any suggestions?






>>Sara Tuman, MS, OTR

>>Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC)

>>Department of Occupational Therapy

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>>From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org]

>>On Behalf Of Michael Goldhammer

>>Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:19 AM

>>To: Athen at athenpro.org

>>Subject: [Athen] Jenzabar Portal Accessibility?


>>Colleagues - Haven't posted in a while, been trying to drain swamps

>>and you know what happens then! I'm trying to ascertain

>>functionality and accessibility of Jenzabar Academic Portal for use

>>by students with disabilities. Any comments on portals in general

>>and Ideas as to how I can determine access for blind users would be



>>Here is a list of questions that I'm working on:


>>1. JAWS and Jenzabar keyboard shortcuts?


>>2 . Do I use web page verifiers to check for 508 standards for

>>password protected portals?


>>3. What kind of training materials need to be in place to be

>>effective for individuals with disabilities to use portals and

>>specifically Jenzabar?


>>Feedback is appreciated!



>>Michael Goldhammer

>>Assistive Technology Computer Specialist

>>Mt Hood Community College

>>26000 S.E. Stark Street

>>Gresham, Oregon 97030



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