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Teaching with Accessible Math


This page focuses on tools  for making math notation more accessible to learners through the use of text-to-speech, handwriting and speech recognition and other supports.



Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Artificial production of human speech, using special software and/or hardware.

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Getting Started with EquatIO

EquatIO (TextHelp) allows learners to type, handwrite or dictate mathematical expressions that can be inserted into Microsoft Word and Google Docs documents. EquatIO's Screenshot Reader can take a screenshot of an inaccessible expression and convert it into accessible math. The captured expression can be read aloud with text-to-speech, or it can be converted into MathML or LaTeX code that can be pasted into the EquatIO editor, where additional edits can be made before it is inserted into the current document. 


Microsoft OneNote Math Assistant

MathML (Mathematical Markup Language)

XML-based markup language used to display mathematical content.

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OneNote Math Assistant

The Immersive Reader feature built into Microsoft applications such as OneNote and Word uses text-to-speech to read math expressions aloud. Microsoft OneNote for Windows 10 and OneNote Online also feature a Math Assistant Feature that allows learners to get additional support with math expressions. Learners can use OneNote's drawing tools to handwite a math expression. After selecting the handwritten expression with the marquee tool, they can use the Math button to access options for converting the handwriting to text, solving the expression, and even seeing the steps required to arrive at a solution. Both the solution and the steps can be inserted into the OneNote document as needed. To learn more about the Math supports built into OneNote, visit the following:


MathType (WIRIS) is an equation editor with support for Microsoft Word, Google Docs and a number of learning management systems. In Google Docs, MathType  adds the math as an image with corresponding alternative text

MathType can be used along with Texthelp's EquatIO to quickly add accessible math notation into a Microsoft Word document. The MathML for an expression can be extracted using EquatIO's Screenshot Reader feature, then pasted into Microsoft Word. MathType will take care of adding the notation in a way that makes it accessible to a screen reader. 


Desmos is a graphic calculator with sonification support for students with visual impairments. It works across a number of browsers and is also available as mobile apps for both iOS and Android.

LMS (Learning Management System)

Software application or system that provides educational programs and their components.

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Alt Tag (alternative text)

Brief description of a single image designed to be read by a screenreader as an alternative to the image.

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AEM Center Webinar: Making Math Notation Accessible