#### 7.24 braille for mathematics (28.1.00)

I apologize for not asking a typical MUG-like question, but this group may know an answer
to the following problem.

At Tennessee Tech we have a blind student who attends mathematics classes. A student
volunteer takes written notes for that blind student which are later scanned and converted
into a Word document. My special education specialists are looking for a converter of a
mathematics text to Braille: they have a Braille printer but apparently it cannot read and
print mathematics symbols in Braille.

Short of using TeX, mathematics can be very nicely typed up in Maple. Does anyone have
any experience with printing mathematics text, possibly created with Maple, in
Braille?

I would appreciate any information you might have on an appropriate software that would
enable a Braille printer recognize and print mathematics symbols.

This is a start, I just used

www.google.com

terms:braille mathematics notation

http://www.rdcbraille.com/nemeth.html

http://www.tsbvi.edu/math/math-resources.htm

http://www.braille.org/papers/unive/unive.html

http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-MathML-19980407/chapter1.html

More braille sites:

Online instruction program, INCLUDING Nemeth Mathematics:

http://www.brl.org

In regards to Braille and mathematics:

The Science Access Project at Oregon State University has developed a program to aid Blind
students with math and science. The program’s name is TRIANGLE and it is a mathematics
scratchpad designed for blind users.

It has editor buﬀers to type and edit math and science equations, a built in graphing
calculator (the graphs are visual as well auditory), a table viewer, and a ﬁgure viewer. It is a
DOS program and supports voice screen readers, Braille displays, as well as prints to
standard Braille printers. The program is free.

We are also working on a self-voicing calculator program for Win95/98 that oﬀers more
capabilities than that of the DOS version.

For more information about these or other projects we are working on, please visit our web
site at: http://dots.physics.orst.edu

or contact me

http://dots.physics.orst.edu/triangle.html