NOTE: This week's TeX Hour is FRIDAY. The UK clocks moved back to GMT last weekend.
FRI 5 Nov: 6:30 to 7:30pm UK(=GMT) time. UK time now: https://time.is/UK
Title: Office of Disability Services and LaTeX developershttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/78551255396?pwd=cHdJN0pTTXRlRCtSd1lCTHpuWmNIUT09
I'm delighted to have Steve Jacobs returning as our special guest. To accommodate him we've moved the TeX Hour to FRIDAY (and still 6:30 to 7:30pm UK time). He'll talk about Office of Disabilities Service [ODS] professionals who work in STEM.
This TeX Hour is an opportunity for TeX users and developers to learn something about the ODS STEM professionals from a person who supplies and supports software they use, and who has much personal contact with them. And some ODS professionals attend the TeX Hour.
Many colleges and universities in the USA have an ODS. The professionals in the ODS have varied duties, most of which are not math. They are student focussed, mainly on individual students. ODS professionals help students with disability progress and successfully acquire STEM knowledge.
The ad hoc reformatting of mathematical content is a very important part of ODS support. Teacher authored materials, including exams and tests, are particularly important. Having more and better well understood accessible authoring tools would help greatly.
Steve will describe the STEM workflow in ODS, and some of the inefficiencies in the present process. Here's a video showing one of the tools (InftyReader from Steve's IDEAL Group) in use.
In the longer term an online forum for sharing experience and information between ODS users and TeX developers would be most helpful. It helps for users and developers to share information about the software that connects them.