I like to say that now is a great time to be a blind person interested in STEM, as both accessing and presenting math and other STEM content is becoming increasingly accessible. One of my favorite examples of this is the new Braille Math Editor. In some recent updates to its products, Freedom Scientific has introduced a feature that allows you to use Nemeth code with a braille display to output math on your computer. This is something that braille notetakers like the BrailleSense Polaris have been able to do for a while, which is part of the reason why some teachers of the visually impaired tend to prefer notetakers for their students over PCs with JAWS, but with this feature, it is easier than ever for blind students to begin using a computer and braille display from a young age, as they should. I used this feature, the Braille Math Editor, throughout my calculus 2 course last semester, and I have taught several of my assistive technology students to use it to output their work as well. Despite a few glitches (it is still a very new feature.), it works very well, and in this video, I will show you how it can be used from basic math to calculus!
Braille Math Editor video tutorial:
Transcript for Braille Math Editor here.
For more information, check out the following information that Freedom Scientific has compiled regarding accessing math content with JAWS and Fusion.
By Campbell Rutherford
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