All Numbers and Notes: Creating Accessible Math and Music Materials for Students Who Are Blind

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:15am in Westminster III on Wednesday, November 14.

#17834

Speaker(s)

  • Michele Bromley, Adaptive Technology Specialist, Portland State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

This presentation will break down the logistics for developing an alternative formats program around STEM and music materials. Attendees will learn how to 1) generate a basic alternative formats process, 2) administer alternative formats needs assessments, and 3) develop comprehensive procedures for addressing inaccessible math and music.

Abstract

Providing fully accessible course materials to students who are blind requires significant preparation and adequate tools. If not done proactively, by the time a blind student registers for services, it is likely too late to develop a program for conversion of inaccessible course materials.

This process becomes even more complex when considering STEM or music materials. DS professionals must remediate equations, complex graphics, musical scores, etc. There are vendors that can provide these services, but turnaround time for third party conversion is often too slow for converting textbooks, much less supplemental course materials that are created and distributed throughout the term.

This presentation will break down the logistics for developing an alternative formats program around STEM and music materials. While targeted and specific, this information is valuable for all DS professionals who are working with alternative formats and seeking equity as a means of achieving compliance.

Keypoints

  1. Learn the importance of generating and establishing basic alternative formats procedures as a foundation.
  2. Consider the components necessary for administering effective alternative formats needs assessments.
  3. Receive a breakdown of staffing, equipment, and procedural logistics for remediating math and music materials.

Disability Areas

Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Michele Bromley

Michele Bromley is the Adaptive Technology Specialist and Alternative Formats Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at Portland State University (PSU). She has worked in disability services since 2009 and at PSU since 2014. Michele serves as a member of PSU’s Accessibility Committee and Universal Design Subcommittee. She is also serving her second term as Communications Officer on the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD) Board of Directors. Michele has facilitated numerous adaptive technology and digital accessibility trainings at PSU and presented on captioning, alternative format production, accessible web design, and adaptive technology at several regional ORAHEAD conferences. Michele has also presented nationally at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference, the Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI), and Accessing Higher Ground (AHG): AHEAD’s Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference. Through her work in adaptive technology and accessible design, Michele has become passionate about the ways in which adaptive technology can allow post secondary students to access, process, and output information using methods that complement their individual learning techniques.

Handout(s)

AHG Accessible Math and Music Presentation Slides - 11.14.18