Assistive Technologies for Second Year Statistics Students who are Blind


Wednesday, September 16th, 201512:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Rob Erhardt and Michael Shuman, Wake Forest University


Abstract

We describe the assistive technologies used to accommodate a blind student who took a second course in statistics at Wake Forest University. The course covered simple and multiple regression, model diagnostics, model selection, data visualization, and elementary logistic regression. These topics required that the student both interpret and produce three sets of materials: mathematical writing, computer programming, and visual displays of data. We relied heavily on integrating the use of multiple existing technologies. Specifically, this talk will detail the extensive use of screen readers, LaTeX, a modified use of R and the BrailleR package, a desktop Braille embosser, and a modified classroom approach.


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