The research area "Mathematics & Games" focuses on the problem of blind people's access to mathematics, because mathematics is essential if blind people want to be given equal educational opportunities. Blind people have problems in dealing with mathematics because mathematical formulas cannot be represented as text and therefore require special consideration. The task of the research area is to provide contributions to international research in the field outlined here. Research subjects were and are brought to the research area by teachers, pupils and students. The problems can be summarized in the following categories:
- Access to mathematical literature
- Cooperation between sighted and blind / visually impaired people, especially teacher communication: The different mathematical notations used by blind and sighted people represent an essential communication barrier.
- Navigation in mathematical expressions: Mathematical formulas are of a complexity that is often difficult to grasp even for sighted people. This makes it all the more difficult for people who are less able to see a structure due to the lack of sight.
- Execution of mathematical tasks (arithmetic): Possibilities should be created to keep the overview by software even in a very complex mathematical calculation; Especially with the problem of jumping back and forth within a calculation process, the blind student should be supported by efficient procedures.
The second part of the research area shows that classic computer games are usually visually overloaded and therefore not suitable for blind and visually impaired people. For this reason, research into methods is necessary so that adaptations or new developments in the games sector are possible.