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MathType, JAWS, and BrailleNote Touch

How to create accessible digital math resources using MathType!

Have an academic student in a math class that is using digital resources? Confused about what accessible math tools are available? This question frequently pops up and the responses are varied. We do not have all the answers yet, but we can learn from students who are successful in math classes with using digital resources. Numerous students are successfully using math editors. Math editor software have editable text boxes that enable educators to create accessible math documents and students to complete linear math equations. MathType is a popular math editor software application by Design Science. MathType is designed to be used with JAWS and can also be sent to a BrailleNote using Duxbury.

Tech Tea Time webinars are free recorded webinars that are available in the TSBVI Professional Development Library. On 5/22/2023, the topic was Document Accessibility: Math, Docs, Slides and Braille Devices. This is a great webinar to get you and your student started with MathType! The video provides step-by-step instructions for educators on how to create accessible digital math documents with Microsoft Word and MathType, how JAWS will read the math equation, how to send the equation to the student’s BrailleNote Touch using Duxbury, how the student can access and complete and send the assignment using the BrailleNote Touch and so much more!

Document Accessibility: Math, Docs, Slides and Braille Devices webinar

Quick Tips

The webinar has many tips, but here are the initial pieces to get you started!

Note: Recorded video tutorials like this Tech Tea Time webinar can be sped up. Open the video > Settings (video’s gear icon) > Playback Rate (Clock with speed lines icon) > select your desired speed (options are .5x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, and 2x)


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