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Accessible Mathematics for Students with a Visual Impairment and/or Additional Disabilities

taught by: Susan Osterhaus & Maylene Bird

Description:

During this session, we will introduce and allow hands-on exploration of various low-tech and high-tech accessible math tools, technology, and materials appropriate for use by students with a visual impairment and/or other disabilities enrolled in grades K through 12 mathematics classes. These will include a quick glimpse at the Nemeth Code (braille for mathematics and science notation), tactile math graphics, and our favorite math toys. We will provide links to resources that will provide more detailed information on many of these math tools and materials. For example: vendor contacts and free public resources and demonstration videos. In addition, we will highlight recent inventions designed by MIT engineering graduate students, collaborative efforts of existing companies, and a joint project among a company, schools, a consumer organization of blind individuals, and blind computer science majors. Finally, we will challenge the audience to consider developing new products through collaborative efforts among companies, educators, and students at all levels.

Practical Skills:

  • Introduce and allow hands-on exploration of various low-tech and high-tech accessible math tools, technology, and materials appropriate for use by students with a visual impairment and/or additional disabilities enrolled in grades K through 12 mathematics classes
  • Provide links to resources that will provide more detailed information on many of these math tools and materials

Prerequisites:

  • None