The University of Southampton

STEMReader

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Date:
2014-2014
Themes:
Accessibility, Internet Science
Funding:
Technology Strategy Board

We understand mathematical ideas by making connections between language, symbols, pictures and real-life situations . Individuals who face barriers with reading, comprehending and/or seeing these connections, such as those with print disabilities, dyscalculia and learning difficulties always struggle with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and professions. Hearing and seeing symbols together can help make those links. These connections are important whether learning numbers 1 to 10, dealing with calculations in the workplace or understanding maths at university. For up to 10 million individuals in the UK affected by print disabilities or dyscalculia, having a tool to read aloud mathematical language and symbols at an appropriate level could ameliorate many difficulties they experience when manipulating mathematical concepts. The lack of accessibility in mathematical notation is impacting on the progress of students working at basic functional skills levels through to degree as well as in the workplace at all levels from apprentice through to professionals such as scientists and engineers.

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  • Web and Internet Science
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