Revolutionizing Learning

<p>Central Access Reader</p>

Central Access Reader

Spencer Graffe goes over the features of his program, the Central Access Reader.

For well over a year, he and his peers at Central have been developing and refining the program, to give students with print related disabilities a method to keep up with their studies.

"It uses a set of pattern trees, which allows us to write all the different patterns to convert from one format to another," said Graffe, "So it can be spoken out loud."

But unlike many other text-to-speech programs, this one has a revolutionary feature to it; it reads complex math equations.

From statistics, to trigonometry to calculus, the Central Access Reader helps break down an equation piece by piece to help students gain a visual of what the problem at least looks like.

All the complexities of the subject are easily accessed by the click of a mouse.

"They just want a good math reader," said Graffe, "There just isn't one out there that met their needs well. So we decided to make it a desktop application and have it read math well."

The program has garnered so much attention, Graffe says schools like Harvard and MIT are using it.

"Let's say you have trouble really navigating math equations, what this program is going to do is help anyone really be able to digest the information in the best possible way," said program coordinator Marshall Sunnes, "That's something no one else has done."

"We hear stories from our clients showing us with their children, teaching them how to read with it," said Graffe, "It's really kind of incredible sometimes, I'm just really glad I got to be a part of that."

If you'd like to try the program out yourself, click here.