I've got a very smart and capable student who needs to finish his college degree. He has severe limitations at this time. Because of a severe illness, he is unable to write and is now deaf and blind. However, he still retains enough sight that he can read on and use the computer.

We are trying to figure out how he can finish his degree requirements. We are looking for college-level software that can aid him in reading, writing, and calculating math. He will need to finish Business Math, Calculus, and Statistics.

What software could aid us in making this accomplishment spossible for him

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    $\begingroup$ Are you in a country such as the US where the government mandates equal educational opportunities for disabled students? If so, then you should have professionals available at your school who can help you with this -- you shouldn't have to ask online. E.g., at the California community college where I teach, we have a whole disabled student center. If you're in a poor country where resources like this aren't available, and asking people online is really your best option, then we may need to know more about your situation, e.g., what resources you actually do have available. $\endgroup$
    – user507
    Mar 2, 2019 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ "deaf and blind. However, he still retains enough sight that he can read" — blind but can read? $\endgroup$
    – Rusty Core
    Mar 3, 2019 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ Can he read Nemeth Braille? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemeth_Braille $\endgroup$ Aug 1, 2019 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ @RustyCore: Blindness doesn't necessarily equate to a complete lack of vision. $\endgroup$
    – Skm
    Aug 2, 2019 at 21:22
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    $\begingroup$ This is at least the 4th time that something like this has been asked on ME.SE, and there's never been a really satisfying (or accepted!) answer to it. I think this is a very hard problem, that in my awareness may not be solvable. (1) matheducators.stackexchange.com/questions/8396/… (2) matheducators.stackexchange.com/questions/2623/… (3) matheducators.stackexchange.com/questions/10716/… $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2019 at 23:26

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Perhaps what he needs (or needed) to finish his courses is a screen-reader that can handle mathematics? The answer to this question, Are there screen readers that can read math equations?, is Yes: There are screen-readers that can handle MathML. They rely on MathPlayer, "a universal math reader that now enables math to be spoken in assistive technology products."


Both edX and Coursera have free, quality courses:

          Image from Robert Ghrist's Coursera course.
Concerning accessibility, they are both US-based companies and subject to government-mandated requirements (as @BenCrowell details). Here are their accessibility statements:

  • $\begingroup$ Does edX offer college credit or just certificates? Good info. Still, we are mainly asking about software that will help him write equations, etc and calculate. Software (think MS Word, Excel, etc). $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2019 at 5:15
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    $\begingroup$ @user4959691 You should that information into the question itself. $\endgroup$
    – Tommi
    Mar 3, 2019 at 8:06
  • $\begingroup$ @user4959691: Good point. Perhaps I misunderstood. $\endgroup$ Mar 3, 2019 at 11:42

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