
06191537
j
2013e.00808
Wongkia, Wararat
Naruedomkul, Kanlaya
Cercone, Nick
imath: automatic math reader for Thai blind and visually impaired students.
Comput. Math. Appl. 64, No. 6, 21282140 (2012).
2012
Elsevier (Pergamon), Oxford
EN
U50
R40
math expression
texttospeech
blind and visually impaired learning
assistive technology
doi:10.1016/j.camwa.2012.04.009
Summary: We propose an automatic math expression reading system, called iMath. iMath is an educational tool, for blind and visually impaired (VI) students, to facilitate access to math materials. Although blind and VI students can access math documents/materials via many channels, e.g., a human reader, math Braille codes, and audio (talking) books, these channels have limited availability. iMath was designed to be an automatic reading aided tool and also a math learning and teaching tool for both students and teachers. iMath operates with a screen reader produced voice output on a computer. iMath can read math documents aloud. Students can enjoy their newfound ability to read and practice math anytime and anywhere with iMath while teachers can prepare their classroom handouts, assignments and exercises in audio version conveniently. The evaluation of iMath was conducted with 78 blind and VI students and six teachers. The evaluation results indicate that math materials can be easily accessible to blind and VI students through iMath and then, they can independently and comfortably study and practice their mathematics.