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Tools to help blind students revealed at MSU Thursday

Posted: 12:24 PM, Apr 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-05 16:24:52Z

A demonstration of a different type happening Thursday afternoon at MSU.

At the Library Digital Scholarship Lab, the Accommodating Technology Committee will hold a demo on how blind students can read and solve math problems with new software.

Charlie Gentzkow, a student who is blind, is planning to take a class this summer where he will utilize these tools.

Another student, Kellie Blackwell, will be at the event talking about the need for STEM education for blind students.

The software will be demonstrated by Dave Schleppenbach, one of the creators of the product. He will show how "equations can be created in LaTex or from scratch and then converted to MathML which can be read, via a voice synthesizer/screen reader to a blind user. The user can then solve the equation with a Nemeth Braille display and Braille keyboard or by the screen reader alone."

He says the tool will reduce the work of universities around the world who currently convert textbooks and assignments by hand into Braille, MathML, and tactile graphics.

This is happening at 1 p.m. at the main library at MSU.