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The State of Accessible Digital Mathematics


Brian Richwine

Mary Stores

Indiana University


Technologies for accessible digital mathematics hold potential to dismantle STEM barriers. In this presentation, we’ll explore electronic document formats and assistive technologies, including text-to-speech and electronic braille access to mathematical content. We will immerse you in a simple math quiz using speech access and examine reading mathematics using screen reading software. Through demonstrations of linear and non-linear speech access with expression explorers, we will emphasize the efficacy of these technologies, identify areas needing progress, and discuss individual supports for skill-building in accessing mathematics via speech. This analysis will bring awareness to the current state of accessible digital mathematics, highlighting both the achievements and the challenges that remain.