Solution 10939: Calculator Options Available for the Visually Impaired.
What calculator options are available for the visually impaired?
One option is the TI-SmartView™ Software. The TI-SmartView Computer Software presents an interactive representation of the TI family of calculators display. The TI-SmartView Software is available for the following calculators:
Note: The TI-Nspire family of handhelds has student software available that has the same functionality as the handhelds. The TI-Nspire family of Student Software is included in the handheld retail package, but can be purchased separately.
The BA II PLUS™ Emulator Software emulates the BA II Plus™ Professional Financial Calculator (requires letter on letterhead stating for visually impaired student)
• ViewPlus Technologies, Inc.
This company has developed a Windows® Application called Accessible Graphing Calculator for blind and dyslexic users. It displays the calculator on the computer monitor, and audibly announces all functions and results. Graphs can be displayed as audible tone plots. A 30-day fully functional copy is available at http://www.viewplus.com .
Referrals can also be made to the following organizations:
• Orbit Research
This company offers the following products for the visually impaired:
ORION TI-84 PLUS Talking Graphic Calculator, based on the TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator
ORION TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, based on the TI-30XS MultiView™ Scientific Calculator
For detailed product information, contact:
(888) 60 ORBIT
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Orbit Research customer service email: email@example.com
• APH (American Printing House for the Blind) and Orbit Research
The Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator is a modified TI-84 Plus with a small attachment that adds accessibility and additional controls. APH partnered with Orbit Research® and Texas Instruments® to make this calculator accessible. Customers can contact APH at:
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Toll Free 1-800-223-1839
Web sites for additional information:
- Talking calculators and other electronic aids can be found at Beyond Sight: http://www.beyondsight.com/
- Math vendors list from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired http://www.tsbvi.edu/tools/1550-vendors-of-math-materials