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Innovation Spotlight

Making STEM Accessible for All

Math is essential. It teaches logic and critical thinking. We use it in our everyday lives. And it is core to a growing number of science and technology jobs. Despite its importance, many students are excluded from learning math because of disabilities that prevent them from seeing and reading equations or images.

MathML Cloud is a free, open source tool that makes math accessible to all learners by allowing them to interact with math equations in different ways. It creates accurate images and image descriptions of math equations that reading tools can render to students in the form of visual displays, audio descriptions, and braille. For students with visual impairments and learning differences, this type of access opens new paths to math concepts that from the building blocks for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.