Making mathematics and science accessible to blind students through technology

Modern technology provides increased access to math and science educational instructional materials, media, and laboratory activities for blind students. Five projects supported by the National Science Foundation are described. One of these is a rigorous evaluation by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) of the value of audio description of science programs, which featured more than 100 blind viewers. Results of the study clearly demonstrate that blind viewers understand and retain information from science videos far better when audio descriptions are provided. The author uses this evidence to state that widespread use of these technologies would increase the math and science literacy of blind students and open new employment opportunities.

Scadden, L. A.
Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation
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Content Area: 
Grade Level: 
early elementary
intermediate elementary
middle school
IDEA Disability Category: 
visual impairment
Instructional Support: 
multimedia products and projects
multiple formats of text and notation