Assistive technology-based solutions in learning mathematics for visually-impaired people: Exploring issues, challenges and opportunities

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2023-10-25
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Shoaib, Mohammad
Fitzpatrick, Donal
Pitt, Ian
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Springer Nature
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In the absence of vision, visually impaired and blind people rely upon the tactile sense and hearing to obtain information about their surrounding environment. These senses cannot fully compensate for the absence of vision, so visually impaired and blind people experience difficulty with many tasks, including learning. This is particularly true of mathematical learning. Nowadays, technology provides many effective and affordable solutions to help visually impaired and blind people acquire mathematical skills. This paper is based upon a systematic review of technology-based mathematical learning solutions for visually impaired people and discusses the findings and objectives for technological improvements. It analyses the issues, challenges and limitations of existing techniques. We note that audio feedback, tactile displays, a supportive academic environment, digital textbooks and other forms of accessible math applications improve the quality of learning mathematics in visually impaired and blind people. Based on these findings, it is suggested that smartphone-based solutions could be more convenient and affordable than desktop/laptop-based solutions as a means to enhance mathematical learning. Additionally, future research directions are discussed, which may assist researchers to propose further solutions that will improve the quality of life for visually impaired and blind people.
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Assistive technology , Visually impaired , Learning , Mathematics , Education , Accessibility
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Shoaib, M., Fitzpatrick, D. and Pitt, I. (2023) ‘Assistive technology-based solutions in learning mathematics for visually-impaired people: exploring issues, challenges and opportunities’, Multimedia Tools and Applications, (32 pp). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-023-17409-z