We are very excited to announce that Design Science and Educational Testing Service (ETS) received an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant for the continued development and advancement of math-to-speech technologies. The backing of the US Department of Education and the involvement of ETS reaffirm our long-held belief in the importance of math accessibility in the classroom. We are also optimistic that this work will go a long way in helping to establish math accessibility as a requirement for all educational content containing mathematics.
The grant work is slated to begin in July 2011 and will bring together some of the country's leading subject-matter experts and developers of assistive technology. The first phase of the grant work will enhance the capabilities of MathPlayer and MathType with the goal of improving the way computers speak math. This new math-to-speech technology will give students who are blind or visually impaired the tools they need to learn math and science on a more equal footing with their classroom peers.
For more information about the grant, see our press release, New Math-to-Speech Technologies to Help Blind and Visually Impaired Students Master Mathematics.