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POSB 2017 Conference Presentation Materials

Below is a list of downloadable materials from the 2017 Principals of Schools for the Blind (POSB) conference presented by Pearson's Accessibility for School Assessment group. If you have any questions about any of these presentations, please email us.


Keynote: Do the Math: Effective Accommodations and Tools + Accessible Educational Materials = Opportunity to Succeed

Have you ever found yourself wondering why many of our politicians and policy makers seem surprised when students with disabilities don't perform well on grade-level standardized assessments? These are usually the same people who think that inclusion just means that we have to put students with disabilities into the same physical classrooms as students without disabilities and then magically everything will fall into place. If we would just decrease the number of students in special education and put more students into general education classrooms with high expectations, somehow the Fairy Godmother of Education would wave her wand and the effects of years of inequity in instruction and a lack of access to equally effective educational materials would magically disappear.

Presenter: Jan McSorley

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Online Dynamic Accessible Math

We present recent advances in the Pearson Accessible Equation Editor, a software tool that supports real-time translation between printed math notation and online Nemeth braille output. Braille input and output of mathematical expressions within surrounding online text, and speech input and output for online dynamic math is also supported.

Presenter: Sam Dooley, Dan Brown

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