[Athen] Students with Learning Disabilities and Textbooks with Math

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Thu Feb 7 13:29:19 PST 2013

Read&Write will read MathML as well.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
rbeach at kckcc.edu

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From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Cassandra L. Tex
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 3:17 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network; Alternate Media
Subject: [Athen] Students with Learning Disabilities and Textbooks with Math

Greetings All,
Sorry for the cross posting....

In general, what are your students with learning disabilities who have textbooks with math (math, physics, chemistry, etc.) doing with regards to alternate media and e-text? What types of files are you providing for them?

It's my understanding that the math will only be spoken if the documents are produced in Word, inserting equations/symbols with MathType, saving as MathPage (HTML files with MathML), and reading the file in Internet Explorer with MathPlayer plug-in and JAWS. Is that correct? Any other way (with only text-to-speech, not screen reader) to get the math spoken?

Final question...if there is a way to get the math spoken with text-to-speech (not screen reader), do your students with learning disabilities generally like listening to the spoken math?

Thanks for your help!

Cassandra Tex
Assistive Technology Specialist
Humboldt State University
tex at humboldt.edu
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