Mathematics workshop: Supporting Access & Inclusion for Students with Vision Impairments

Together we will investigate the challenges facing students with Vision Impairment and their teachers in Mathematics; primary aged students in the morning and secondary in the afternoon. Strategies and ideas for supporting Mathematics students who use large print, screen readers and braille will be workshopped, and resources for optimising accessibility explored.

Details

  • Monday, 17 June, 2019
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE19MVI

Course Information

Mathematics curricula is accessible to blind and partially sighted learners (Maguvhe, 2015).

The following outline for the workshop may well evolve to cater for its participants:

Together we will investigate the challenges facing students with Vision Impairment and their teachers in Mathematics; primary aged students in the morning and secondary in the afternoon. Strategies and ideas for supporting Mathematics students who use large print, screen readers and braille will be workshopped, and resources for optimising accessibility explored.

We will look at the Screen reader accessible Math writing software EquatIO & MathType for use by students transitioning from large print to typing and for teachers to produce screen reader accessible electronic worksheets.

At a primary level we will we will discuss calculator practices: the Cranmer Abacus ,Talking & Large Print calculators and standard IOS options. At the secondary level we will identify the pros & cons of approved calculators and other options: Scientific IOS software, graphing calculator software and Braille note taker calculators.

Within this workshop, the following will be explored:

  • demonstrate concrete set out for students learning vertical Braille Maths
  • discuss the processes of overwriting Braille, student corrections and teacher feedbac
  • Using Duxbury Swift, display how to translate accessible electronic Maths into Braille for embossing
  • demonstrate how to produce electronic graphs with auditory trace and summary using Desmos; leading to tactile graph production using Pictures in a Flash (PIAF) machine. Graphing on braille note takers can be visited in the secondary session.

 

If possible, please bring a laptop, a Perkins Brailler and iPad to the session, to produce and explore Tactile Graphics options, including bar graphs on the Perkins Brailler and Animal Watch VI suite, USA Graphics Literacy program for Yr5-Yr7 students.

Sahin & Yorek (2009) concluded that blind participants need to be appropriately accommodated to perform as well as sighted counterparts in the sciences.

Presenter

  • Charlie Roberts
    Charlie was a secondary Mathematics and Physical Education teacher for eleven years, then Vision Support teacher for the past fourteen years. Charlie was a teacher at the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind (RVIB) school which became a Vision Australia school, and was a graduate of the Renwick Masters in Special Education (Vision Impairment) degree.  Charlie currently teachers Mathematics and Physical Education at the State-wide Vision Resource Centre (SVRC) Support Skills program in Melbourne. Charlie looks forward to workshopping strategies to support primary and secondary school Mathematics inclusion for students with VI in the NSW education system.

Location

Venue:  

Address:
361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

Description:

North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.

Trains

Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.

Buses

There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.

Taxis

Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).

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