[Athen] Visually Impaired Student Completing Math Homework

Dimac, Marcie mdimac at kent.edu
Mon Sep 14 06:31:46 PDT 2015

Morning all,

I have a rather unique (I think) situation here and would love some feedback.

Student: Doctoral level, pure mathematics students, from Vietnam. This student has been in the United States for about a month, has very little English speaking skills but seems to understand English well. The student is blind, and in Vietnam, his accommodations were drastically different from what they are/will be here.

In Vietnam: An actual person would read his textbooks and homeworks aloud to him, at his convenience. The student knows how to use JAWS (on version 14) but has never used it to read mathematical content. The student was able to vocally dictate his answers into a recorder and turn the recorder in to the professor as homework submissions.

At Kent State: We have hired mathematical content editors (doctoral level) to edit his books and homeworks with Mathtype and we have worked with the student to understand JAWS (v. 16) so he can use it to navigate mathematical content. None of his books were already available in audio format and must be formatted from "scratch". The student is insistent that we provide a reader for his textbooks and homework, which we are currently not providing, (as we are editing the books to be compatible/readable with JAWS 16).

Current Concern: The student came in on Friday and informed us that he had submitted an audio recording of himself answering the questions for his latest homework assignment and the professor had rejected the work. We are asking if anyone has ANY technology solutions for this situation. I have looked into Dragon and Mathtalk, but I'm pretty sure you need to be sighted to use this.

Any thoughts?

Thanks :)

Marcie Anne Dimac, M.A. Ed.

Coordinator, Assistive Technology
Student Accessibility Services
DeWeese Health Center, Room 23
Kent, Ohio 44242

Email: mdimac at kent.edu<mailto:mdimac at kent.edu>

Phone: 330-672-3391

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