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Checking Accessibility of Word for Mac 2011 Documents

I use a Mac laptop both at home and at work, so all of the documents I create for my classes are written in Word for Mac, currently version 2011.  While I definitely prefer my Mac to a PC, when trying to check the accessibility of the documents I've created, the Word for Mac version… Continue reading Checking Accessibility of Word for Mac 2011 Documents

Creating Useful Tactile Images

I just found this information today in an Article I posted in the Resources tab, Guidelines for Collegiate Faculty to Teach Mathematics to Blind or Visually Impaired Students, by Al Maneki (2017): The degree of resolution that the human eye can distinguish is much finer than that which human fingers can interpret.  For a complex tactile drawing… Continue reading Creating Useful Tactile Images

How can I check PowerPoint slides for accessibility?

I have been working on making the PowerPoint slides I use in my classes accessible, but had no way to check to ensure that my changes actually made the slides accessible.  For students with blindness, I wanted to know whether the slides would make sense if they were read by JAWS software.  There are videos… Continue reading How can I check PowerPoint slides for accessibility?

Braille Guide for the Eclipse

Follow this link for a Braille guide to tomorrow's solar eclipse. For those of you who are sighted and plan to watch any part of tomorrow's eclipse, please see the information at the following links.  If you don't watch anything else, watch the video entitled Safely Viewing the Eclipse. American Astronomical Society's Eclipse Information Finding… Continue reading Braille Guide for the Eclipse

Course Accessibility

Like many other professors at institutions across the globe, I am retrofitting my course so that it is accessible to students with disabilities. My syllabi and other course materials now have headings. For the PowerPoint slides, I'm ensuring that all fonts are no smaller than 28 point, that I've used bold in addition to color… Continue reading Course Accessibility

Solar Eclipse for the Visually Impaired

There will be a total solar eclipse in many areas of the United States on August 21st. Many folks are traveling to locations in the path of totality in order view this potentially once in a lifetime event.  People in other locations may be able to view a partial solar eclipse, which is still an… Continue reading Solar Eclipse for the Visually Impaired