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From: Christian Harris <chrish@mercury.cs.albany.edu>

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Subject: help : teaching Mathematics to visually impaired individuals?

Date: 07 Sep 1996 13:42:18 -0400

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Hi,

I hope that this group is an appropriate place to ask this question. I

am a Teaching Assistant for a course called Discrete Mathematics,

which is sort of "mathematics for computer science majors". The

subject matter is entirely mathematical; we don't do any programming

in the course. The work is all pencil-and-paper, theorem/proof,

theorem/proof work. It is similar to first-semester calculus in the

amount of work that is assigned over the semester, and the subject is

very heavy on notation -- the lecture consists of about 80%

board-work. Thus, it is highly visual.

I have a person in my class who is blind. I would like to know if

there are any people out there who have taught visually impaired

people highly symbolic, traditionally visual subjects like

mathematics, and what methods you employed to convey what was on the

board. Also, if there are any visually impaired persons out there who

have taken mathematics or computer science courses, I would really

appreciate hearing about what methods work the best and your

perspective about this subject.

I have absolute confidence in my student's ability to comprehend the

material -- just in talking to him after the class, I got

the impression that he is brighter than the average student, highly

enthusiastic, and very proactive about getting help. I'm just worried

about communicating the material to him in a way that he can conceptualize.

Also, I have to strike a balance with the rest of the class -- I don't

want to be reading formulas off of the board like : "OK, what I wrote

is open-paren, open-paren, open-paren, negation symbol, x, close paren, ..."

because that will severely limit the amount of stuff that can be covered,

and hence harm the other students.

I'm a bit out of my depth with this situation, I think. I don't know

the first thing about how to teach visually impaired people. My rough

plan is to just conduct the class in the way that I would normally do,

and to try to describe what's on the board "good enough" to get the

message across to my student. But that won't help him do the homeworks

probably. Or will it? Other than trying hard to be considerate, nice,

and communicative about the course, I don't know what else to do.

Could anyone help me out?

thanks,

Christian

-- Christian S. Harris Department of Computer Science Graduate Assistant University at Albany, SUNY chrish@cs.albany.edu (518)-442-4286 ------- end of forwarded message --------- MIke Freeman | Internet: mikef@pacifier.com Amateur Radio Calsign: K7UIJ | */ PGP Public Key Available */ ... Experience varies directly with equipment ruined.

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