Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses (STEM) have unique barriers to overcome when it comes to designing accessible materials. STEM resources can be very difficult to make accessible for some individuals with disabilities. This can be a unique challenge for individuals who use screen readers (e.g., blind or low vision users) and/or those who require text-to-speech software to read mathematical and scientific expressions aloud (e.g., individuals with learning disorders like dyslexia or dysgraphia). Beyond following best practices for creating and curating accessible STEM digital content, additional considerations and alterations to your content delivery, assignments, assessment, and labs may still be required based on the student accommodation and needs.
Within the Elearning HTML Editor, there is a Graphical Equation Editor tool that enables users to add graphical, chemistry, MathML, and LaTeX equations to their content. The editor provides the necessary elements to construct equations quickly and easily. Each button in the editor toolbar opens a palette of related mathematical symbols. When equations are inserted into the HTML Editor, you can see the equations inline while editing your work. You can insert equations by typing them into the HTML Editor.
Complete LaTex pdf files can be converted to accessible HTML. LaTex files saved to PDF can distort the reading order of equations. The accessible HTML version can be inserted into your course content.
EquatiO is a standalone application that was designed to make it easy for instructors and students to both access and/or create mathematics and STEM content. It allows the end-user to create content via the keyboard, using handwriting recognition, and/or using voice dictation.
MathJax uses MathML, TeX, and ASC11math as input to produce HTML or MathML as output. It works with screenreaders and provides expression zoom and interactive exploration. You also can copy equations into Office, LaTeX, wikis, and other software.
Additional Resources for Creating Accessible STEM
The links provided below will provide information on how to create accessible materials for STEM courses.