360 Degrees – Approaching Accessibility in Chemistry & Math From All Sides

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 10:30am in Cotton Creek II on Monday, November 12.



  • Wink Harner, Assistive Technology Consultant, The Foreign Type

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-day
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Multiple presenters who are experts in alt-text conversion in STEM subjects, teach key steps to convert text in chemistry and math for both sighted (text-to-speech) users and non-sighted or LV users (screen reader) and Braille/tactile users. Using a broad base of specific assistive technologies for chemistry & math conversion.


The purpose of this 2-day training on Alt-Text conversion in Chemistry (science) & Math is to present and demonstrate the programs used in the production of alt-text conversion in these two subject areas. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of which programs should be used for sighted users needing text-to-speech, and for non-sighted & low-vision users who require Braille, tactile, or screen reader access to their STEM subjects.

Over the course of 2 days, our presenters with expertise in the following areas will introduce, demonstrate, and develop a working outline for you in how to prepare, convert and save texts in the following formats:

- MathType - MathDaisy - Math Player - Creating Nemeth Code Braille (math) and ChmML - Central Access Reader for Math text to speech - New developments in creating chemistry vocabulary for Central Access Reader for Chemistry TTS - MathJax - Infty Reader for OCR - Creating Chemistry in CHEM4Word for text to speech output


  1. Key steps to create alt-text format math for sighted (TTS) and non-sighted/LV (JAWS, Braille, Tactile)
  2. Key steps to create alt-text format chemistry for sighted (TTS) and non-sighted/LV (JAWS, Braille, Tactile)
  3. Learn to identify key programs needed to convert math and chemistry, which to use for B/LV & Sighted users.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Wink Harner

Wink Harner - Has been an active member of ATHEN for a number of years and is currently serving on the Executive Board as Member-At-Large. She is the former director of disability services at Mesa Community College in Arizona, the Adaptive Technology Specialist for the DR office at Southern Oregon University, and is currently doing freelance adaptive technology consulting and highly specialized alternative text conversions in math, sciences and foreign languages. She has been a professor of multiple languages for more than 25 years and since August 2016, she has been teaching the assistive technology in higher education core courses for CUNY's new Masters in Disability Studies Program.