[Athen] Computer Science student -- Braille?
marks at mso.umt.edu
Fri May 9 15:03:51 PDT 2008
I think you should hire someone who can read and transcribe Nemeth
Braille to publish Nemeth Braille. It's possible to do the work without
this, but it still takes a lot of effort. Gaeir Dietrich teaches a
wonderful seminar on producing Braille yourself. I hope she will say
something on this topic as well. The reason that I prefer hiring a
Braille transcriptionist is that it's the best way to assure effective
communication. Nemeth Braille especially requires a foundation. We
produce our own Braille here, but the person doing is a Braille reader.
He spends a lot of time trying to get the formatting right, and there's
no good way that I know to do this unless the person producing the
Braille can read Braille. Cost is always a concern, but in the economic
considerations, we should think about frustration and learning curves.
It may be a good idea to bring the blind student into the process
somehow, too. For example, in working closely with a student, one might
find that only a few things need be Brailed while access to the majority
of the material may be satisfied through other alternatives.
Director of Disability Services
University of Montana
jim.marks at umontana.edu
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Dawn Hunziker
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 3:01 PM
Subject: [Athen] Computer Science student -- Braille?
The University of Arizona is expecting a new Computer Science student
for the fall who is blind. This will be our first attempt at Brailling
Math / Science materials in quite a while and I know that a lot has
changed in terms of software / methods.
So, we have a license for Scientific Notebook and Duxbury... If we're
able to re-create the formulas using this program, will the formulas
transfer into a Nemeth Braille format without any issues? For Braille
Embossers, we have a Juliet Pro and a Tiger. Do we need to look at
hiring someone to create the Nemeth Braille for this student?
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