Mathematics Accessible to Visually Impaired Students (MAVIS) is an access project dedicated to ensuring that communication between mathematics faculty and their blind students is clear and meaningful. Two major problems exist when attempting to establish this communication. First, faculty cannot easily make their mathematics and science instructional and assessment materials accessible to these students. Second, blind students cannot independently communicate their course work with faculty in print, and few teachers will be proficient in Braille codes. The goal of the proposed research is to give better access to visually impaired students to the educational domains of science, engineering, mathematics and technology. The objectives of the MAVIS project are to:
MAVIS proposes to support and conduct research and development projects in the following areas: (1) LaTex to Nemeth code translation filter, (2) Back-translation filter, (3) Math screen readers and equation browsers, and (4) Testing and evaluation of an accessible graphing calculator and other non-MAVIS access technology. MAVIS will also use its Braille and tactile image production lab for science, mathematics, Engineering, and technology (SMET) courses offered at New Mexico State University.
Arthur I. Karshmer, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Department of Computer Science
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003