Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Using Microsoft Lync to provide specialized mathematics instruction to students who are blind or visually impaired

A student receives math instruction using Microsoft Lync

Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) has developed a program built on Microsoft Lync that provides specialized mathematics instruction to students anywhere who are blind or visually impaired.  A Mathematics teacher of the blind and visually impaired uses video conferencing to instruct her classes to any student with a Lync client and an internet connection. Specialized instruction is possible because Lync works seamlessly with assistive technologies such as Braille Displays and screen readers; which enables lecture, whiteboard, and other class materials to be delivered in accessible formats (e.g. Braille, large print, and/or audio). For individual instruction, the students can share their work, ask for help, or submit classwork to the teacher using desktop sharing, instant messaging, and file transfer.