Accessing and Dealing with Mathematics as a Blind Individual: State of the Art and Challenges
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Whereas the computer has been extremely helpful for blind individuals to cope with very many aspects of daily life, its support for managing Mathematics to the target group is still quite limited. This is a critical problem, because on the one hand Mathematics becomes more and more important for education, on the other hand blind people face tremendous problems in dealing with the subject. Information Technology has a high potential to support blind people in overcoming these problems, a potential that has not yet been fully exhausted.
The current paper, updating information from a publication by Archambault and others, will give an overview of the extent to which that potential is currently exploited, by summarizing the state of the art of IT to support the target group in Mathematics, with an emphasis on contributions delivered at our university. It also points out a series of open problems to be overcome by future research, describing challenges for improving the current situation.