Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Blind Students

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

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Dallas -- Texas Instruments (TI), Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) have unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world's first fully accessible multiline scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. Based on the popular TI-30XS Multiview™ scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS represents a breakthrough in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.  

The advanced, four-line scientific calculator with higher-level math and science functionality is ideal for middle school through college students. A clear, high-quality recorded voice announces each key and the answer on the display, providing a choice of speech modes for quiet or verbose operation. 

The Orion TI-30XS Talking Scientific Calculator may be used on high-stakes exams as an approved accommodation for students who are visually impaired if it is specified in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). Individual schools’ assessment co-ordinators or guidance counselors can provide the guidelines for specific tests.