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Re: Blind Financial Analyst resources and Jaws + magnifier query

From:

Natalya Dell <[log in to unmask]>

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Discussion list for disabled students and their support staff.

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Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:11:49 +0100

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Another vote for blindmath which I lurk on.  Lots of stats bods.  they 
seem friendly and helpful.

The last I heard (a few months ago) Zoomtext and Jaws (and indeed 
Windows magnifier and JAWS) were not a happy combo and Magic was best. 
The 'jump' from magnification to screenreader is very challenging, 
especially when some visual things are an option as that can hinder the 
development of audio/tactile strategies cos the learning curve (and 
cognitive thinky curve) is very steep indeed.

It may also be worth looking at NVDA a free windows screen reader 
http://www.nvaccess.org/ which was held up as some of the best for the 
web maths stuff at a Digital Accessibility event I attended in April 
with info slides etc available from bottom of 
http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/54605 .

Emma Cliffe's slides from the digital accessibility event at 
http://people.bath.ac.uk/cspehj/slides/BCS/linear.html may be worth a 
read as they cover some maths stuff amongst the computing and ideas of 
solutions to explore.

I have coordinated the provision of maths electronically (and in 
Braille) for a totally blind student via LaTeX (and I have some info on 
MathML alternatives), I am happy to be contacted off-list if you have 
any specific questions as I may be able to point you in the right 
direction as Emma is horrendously busy.

Good luck!

Natalya

On 04/10/16 17:10, Rachel Katherine Holdforth wrote:
> Dear Ian there's a mailing list for blind mathematicians : blindmath
> http://www.nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/blindmath_nfbnet.org.
>
> It has helped me out with some queries in the past, I hope its the sort
> of thing you seek.
>
> Kind regards
>
> Rachel
>
>
> On 4 Oct 2016 16:51, "Ian F." <[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     Hi all
>     Just a couple of quick queries I wondered if people might be able to
>     help with.
>
>     First, does anyone know what's the best magnifier to use with Jaws
>     at the moment. Is it still Magic or maybe the basic Zoomtext, or I
>     wondered if maybe the WIndows 10 magnifier might even be sufficient
>     (for a student who is gradually losing his remaining v poor sight
>     but can still use whats left with magnification for brief periods
>     e.g. to look at maths equations, charts, tables etc, but we think
>     it's best to start getting used to Jaws now).
>
>     Second, anyone know if there are email forums for blind financial
>     analysts, or maybe blind statisticians, or failing that i suppose
>     blind mathematicians? I've had a quick google but can't find any.
>     Just wanted to give a student ideas on sources of possible on-going
>     support while studying for a post grad financial risk management
>     course especially if his remaining sight is failing.
>
>     I have to be away from my computer from today for the rest of the
>     week but just wanted to get this query in before I leave to get on
>     with his DSA report as soon as I get back - will pick up any
>     suggestions on my return next week.
>
>     Thanks
>     Ian Francis
>

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