Blind Scientist Tools

Most of the information displayed is drawn from this journal article, coauthored by myself, my postdoctoral coworker, the head of the Disabilities Office, one of my professors, and my graduate advisor. If you are blind or teaching a blind student, I hope you can use this encyclopedia of tools and techniques that got me through school to the place I am today. These informational cards will link you to informative notes with recommendations that span that scope of my blind academic experience, from working with access assistants, or “readers”, to choosing software and hardware.

What are the tools I use?

Software
Emacspeak
Jaws
VoiceOver
Readers
What is a Reader?
Dividing up Duties
Managing Readers
Describing Working Through Readers
Hardware
Apple Watch
CCTV
iPad
iPhone
Office Layout
MagniLink
Orcam
Modeling Kits
ThinkPad
Audio Library
Storage
Organization Scheme
Recording Method
Notes

What do I use these tools for?

Mobility
Housing Location
Mobility Training
Occupational Therapists
Working with the City
How To Take Notes
Note Taker Profile
Estabilishing Communication
Getting a PhD
CUMES
Oral Qualifiers
Defense
Research
Alternative Visualizations
Learning to Ask the Right Questions
Chunking
Reading
Quality of Voice
Reflecting Written Structure
Mathematical Equations
Writing a Thesis
Writing
Organizing
References
Formatting
ACS Conference
Scheduling
Networking
Getting Around
Taking Classes
Tests
Professors
Lectures and Presentations
Individual Studying
Presenting
Power Points
Memorizing
Audience Interaction
Teaching
My Method
The Results

How can I advocate for the tools I need?

Finding Readers
Start Early
Computer Skills
Example Flier
Disability Services
Let Them Do the Hiring
Let Them Tell You Exactly What They Need
Hold Semesterly Coordination Meetings
Interviewing Readers
Interview Procedure
Signs of a Good Reader
Signs of a Bad Reader
Choosing A School
Choosing an Advisor
The Disabilities Office
Advice for Advisors
In Advance
Have No Fear!
Keep Equal Standards