[Athen] supporting a student using text-to-speech to hear mathematics and other STEM content read aloud

Stephen (Alex) Marositz smarositz at csudh.edu
Wed Apr 3 16:43:03 PDT 2019

Hello Kevin

Of course you are right to think about the underlying need too, here are some suggestions though.

· CAR, (Central Access Reader) is a TTS program that reads word equations MML and MathType content in Microsoft word documents. https://www.cwu.edu/central-access/reader

· Equatio will read math content aloud provided it is prepared with Equatio. It would be useful particularly if the student is struggling with producing math content too. https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/equatio/

· Consider LearningAlly for source material as well since it is human-read, not TTS. https://www.google.com/search?q=learning+ally&rlz=1C1GCEU_enUS840US840&oq=learning+ally&aqs=chrome..69i64j0l5.3353j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

I have a couple other suggestions if the student is visually impaired, but from your message, it sounds like they are not.

Stephen Alexander (Alex) Marositz J.D. CPACC
Accessible Technology Initiative Coordinator
Information Technology Services, California State University Dominguez Hills

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Kevin Andrews
Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:27 AM
Subject: [Athen] supporting a student using text-to-speech to hear mathematics and other STEM content read aloud

Hi all,

Does anybody have suggestions for supporting a student who is having difficulty with math and other stem-related material being read aloud? We use Kurzweil here at our institution and as I'm sure many of you know, it's not really the best tool to read material with different symbols, equations and things like that.

I'm curious to hear what other folks are doing to help their students. This might mean going back to the drawing board and really trying to figure out where the need is and where it's coming from for the tts.

Thanks for your insights!


Kevin Andrews
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Accessible Technology Coordinator,
Scribes and Readers Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
University of California, Santa Cruz
Website: drc.ucsc.edu<http://drc.ucsc.edu>

Direct Line: 831 459-1262

Please allow 24 hours for a response. For immediate needs, contact the DRC main line by phone at 831-459-2089.

Confidentiality Notice:This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information.If you are not the intended
recipient(s), you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or
copying of this message or its attachments is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and deleting it from your computer.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mailman12.u.washington.edu/pipermail/athen-list/attachments/20190403/2e250369/attachment.html>

More information about the athen-list mailing list