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Presentation by Rebecca Maria, XRCVC at Techshare India 2014 on Numbers and Reactions: Thoughts of making Mathematics and Science available for the visually challenged.

Presentation by Rebecca Maria, XRCVC at Techshare India 2014 on Numbers and Reactions: Thoughts of making Mathematics and Science available for the visually challenged.

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  • 1. Numbers and Reactions Thoughts of making Mathematics and Science accessible for the visually challenged
  • 2. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  • 3. Who all should study math & science?
  • 4. Mathematical and Scientific aptitude is sight independent.
  • 5. Ground Reality The gap between the need and reality
  • 6. Two Kinds of People 1. Who believe it is not completely possible to teach/learn Math & Science concepts to the blind and low vision. 2. Who believe that the blind do not need these concepts.
  • 7. Research conducted by Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) as part of the Vision for India (VFI) Project of the Tech Mahindra Foundation.
  • 8. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  • 9. 5 Areas of Study CONCEPT BUILDING & SIDE WORK WRITING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE CONTENT INDEPENDENTLY ACCESSING GRAPHS/ DIAGRAMS/ PICTURES READING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE CONTENT INDEPENDENTLY ACCESSING SCIENCE PRACTICALS
  • 10. 1. Concept Building and Side Work
  • 11. 1. Concept Building and Side Work Non-Electronic/Technology Options Taylor Frame (Demo) Cubarithm (Demo) Tactile Diagrams Geometric Kit Abacus Perkins Brailler/Braille Slate and Stylus Braille Geometry Kits with spur wheel drawing or with sewell line drawing kits Talking Calculators
  • 12. 1. Concept Building and Side Work Electronic/Technology Options Excel with screen reader/magnifier Virtual Pencil Arithmetic (Demo) Virtual Pencil Algebra Marvel Math /Math Flash Talking Calculators Audio Labeller with graph paper
  • 13. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently
  • 14. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently Braille Options Mechanical Brailler Electronic Brailler Electronic Brailler + Nemetex Audio Options (Non independent options) Sighted writer Audio recorder Oral/Mental Calculations-Writing with Human Help
  • 15. 2. Writing Mathematics and Science Content Independently Electronic Options Word and Excel with Screen Readers Screen Reader + Latex + Math Type + Math ML (Demo) Specialized Equation Editors - Infty Editor + Chatty Infty - LEAN Maths
  • 16. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently
  • 17. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently Braille Options Hard Copy Soft Copy Braille on refreshable Braille displays Audio Options Human recorder audio
  • 18. 3. Reading Mathematics and Science Content Independently Electronic Options Specialized formats-Math ML book -Math DAISY book Math Player or DAISY readers with special math capacity such as the Dolphin Easy Reader or ReadHear. Infty Reader
  • 19. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures
  • 20. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures Non-Electronic/Technology Options Spur Wheel and paper (Demo) Sewell Line Drawing Kit (Demo) 3 D Models and other tactile diagrams Other AidsWikki stix, String Along, Geo Board, Magnetic pegs and metal board, Taylor Frame with Rubber Bands
  • 21. 4. Accessing Graphs/Diagrams/Pictures Electronic/Technology Options: Graphing Software – - Audio Graphing Calculator(AGC) - Math Trax (Demo) Electronically Created Tactile Diagrams - PIAF (Demo) - Talking Tactile Tablet Audio Labeller (Demo) TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG)
  • 22. 5. Accessing Science Practicals and Lab Work
  • 23. 5. Accessing Science Practicals and Lab Work Talking Lab Quest and Logger Pro (Demo) Automatic Stir Station Drop Counter In-house Tactile markers Talking BP machines, Talking Glucometer, Talking Physiotherapy machines Light sensors/probe
  • 24. Agenda About the Project 5 Areas of Study Way Ahead
  • 25. The Way Ahead Math Science Access E Group Availability of Teaching Learning Aids Content Creation and TLA manufacturing Learning services to Students and Training of trainer services to educators • Awareness • Create a Skilled Team • • • •
  • 26. A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life . – Helen Keller
  • 27. Thank you! Dr. Sam Taraporevala sam@xrcvc.org Rebecca Maria Carvalho rebecca@xrcvc.org Xavier’s Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged (XRCVC) St. Xavier’s College, 5 Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai 400001 +91-22-22623298/22626329 | info@xrcvc.org | www.xrcvc.org