[Athen] alternative format questions regarding blind student who does not know Braille

Nazely Kurkjian kurkjian at binghamton.edu
Mon Jan 4 08:14:10 PST 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm trying to problem solve some conversion issues for a blind student who
does *not *know Braille.

In one British Literature course, there are 3 anthology volumes (total of
over 3000 pages) required. Some of the readings in the anthologies are
poems. There are MANY line numbers in these poems. Obviously, JAWS reads
the line numbers, which is super distracting because it's in the middle of
the poem. The professor thinks line numbers are important to include
because they are important as markers of the text for analysis and
discussion. Does anyone have suggestions for how to go about providing line
numbers not in the middle of the poem? Perhaps this is unavoidable, but I
can't imagine listening to all those numbers in the poem!

In an Africana Studies course, the professor requires students to have a
geographic understanding of Africa and the Caribbean. The students must
label the countries on a map. We are figuring out how to have this student
know the general geographic location of the countries. Could anyone provide
suggestions for how to go about doing this? Is there any technology that
could be helpful? Like sound buttons on paper/PDF or something.

Many thanks,


*Nazely Kurkjian*
*"Shame on us... If we let the wonders of educational technology and
broadband internet lead to more inequality as opposed to less"*

Adaptive Technology Specialist
Services for Students with Disabilities - UU 119
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777-2686
Email: kurkjian at binghamton.edu
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