Access to Mathematics for Blind and Visually Handicapped Students @ ICCHP 2008
Call for contributions
ICCHP – Special Thematic Session (STS) on Access to Mathematics for Blind and Visually Handicapped Students
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2008
Chair: Art Karshmer, University of San Francisco (arthur at usfca.edu)
Call for contribution:
Access to information and thereby inclusion of blind and visually
handicapped students into education has witnessed considerable progress
over the last decades. This is due to modern Information Technology and
Assistive Technology offering access to text and standard computer
When looking at mathematics and science it becomes obvious that there
has been much less progress due to the complexity of notations and
concepts which are very much visual oriented. Also people with vision
problems often are excused from these subjects and are not
motivated to enter into science and technology.
Due to this
- access to mathematical materials
- learning mathematics and
- doing mathematics
have always been daunting tasks for the students with vision problems.
For the most part, a task that restricted their entry into careers based
on the reading and writing of mathematical equations. There have been
some notable exceptions, but for the most part education in the domains
of math, physics, computer science and engineering have been beyond the
grasp of blind students.
Nevertheless significant progress has been made in R&D related to tools
and methods related to access to math and science. This workshop intends
to bring together experts from around the world to present and discuss
the state of the art, the actual research and development activities and
the future perspectives in access to math and science. It is the aim of
the meeting to find ways how the potential of ICT and AT could lead to
advancments in education and career of blind and visually handicapped
students in math and science.
Submission at: www.icchp.org, Please select « Access to Mathematics for Blind and Visually Handicapped
Students » in the category « Session/STS ». Contributions to the STS have to be done via the standard submission
scheme of ICCHP. Contributions are evaluated and selected by the
Programme Commitee of ICCHP. When submitting your contribution please
make sure to use the name of the STS as the category. If you should wish
that the STS chairs pre-evaluates your contribution please send them in
time to the email indicated above.