We know how difficult it is to find support when it comes to making scientific learning and teaching content accessible. In addition to our other services, we wish to offer practical help with tackling science classes with ease.
About the programme
In our experience most organisations empowering the visually impaired community are limited by offering sufficient assistance with acquiring skills relevant to techniques and aids common in navigation, cooking, clothing and basic computer usage, general access to educational materials. However, very often this type of support is not enough when coping with non-visual access to scientific content. We believe that approaches to learning and teaching of STEM requires special attention, and so does R&D of new tools in order to turn science classes and resources from a struggle into a useful adventure. We aim to address this challenge with our consultancy and training programme.
Through one-to-one, online or personal sessions, we would like to provide specialised support for
- visually impaired learners at all age, taking science classes,
- family members, carers supporting the study experience of a visually impaired student,
- visually impaired parents, or teachers supporting the study experience of sighted children,
- professionals working with disabled students such as, disability advisors, support workers.
After booking an appointment, we are able to advise on available tools, services and practises to make science classes more accessible, and also train private clients to become efficient users of
- various software that enable reading and writing mathematical text,
- hardware devices such as, audio graphing calculators,
- variety of online services, programming languages and other resources.
We can help from the induction of what’s available, through installations, to regular practise sessions. For more details, and to book an appointment please email us.
Further to hands-on, personalised support, we also work with research groups and software developers in creating new tools and services or updating existing ones, aiming to enable better access to mathematical and scientific information.
If you are a developer, researcher, or service provider with access to science in mind, and would like to get additional advice or support with your provision, please get in touch with us.
Check out our involvement in projects, collaborations with other organisations.
- Provision of teaching content
- We partnered with the IT Foundation for Visually Impaired to prepare instructions and tutorials relevant to using LaTeX and MathML by publishers, teachers and students at elementary and secondary school. The year specific instructions and tutorials, examples were based on the curriculum.
- DEX 2.7 software development
- We worked with the IT Foundation for Visually Impaired on the latest update to DEX, a software for conversion of text documents into audio and ebooks. Our role was to enable the software to process mathematical documents and return the output in both synthetic speech and mathematical braille formats. We contributed with consulting, research, software development, and customer care.
- Semantic interpretation of quantity expressions
- We worked with a computer science research group based in Germany, on how quantity expressions extracted from mathematical publications can be assigned a semantic interpretation. Our role involved advising, researching, and testing how various screen readers can be enhanced to process measuring units as a human would interpret these.
- JAWS for Windows 17.0 Math Viewer
- JAWS for Windows, developed by Freedom Scientific enables processing of MathML tags on web content. IT Foundation for the Visually Impaired requested us review, test and improve how the Hungarian adaption of JAWS 17.0 is handling math content. As a result of the collaborative work, for the first time in Hungary, users were able to access MathML documents on the web.
- Barry Bennett
- We advised Barry Bennett on installation and usage of LaTeX and LaTeX Access, an open source software enabling screen reader users to read and write LaTeX syntax in a more user friendly manner.