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

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Presented at 11:15am in Westminster III on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • Michele Bromley, IT Accessibility Coordinator, Portland State University

Session Details

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


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.


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.


  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


Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Michele Bromley

Michele Bromley, M.A., is the IT Accessibility Coordinator for the Office of Information Technology at Portland State University (PSU). In this capacity, she serves as a digital accessibility resource for the University—providing support, technical direction, and assessment related to the accessibility of new and existing information and communication technologies. Michele also currently serves on the Executive Council for the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN). Her primary areas of expertise are accessible digital design, digital accessibility validation, and adaptive technology.