I apologize, as this is a somewhat off-the-beaten-trail question.

I'm looking for textbooks (or other educational materials) on TeX and LaTeX that fulfill one or more of the following:

  • Reads/renders well with a screen reader (namely TextHelps's Read & Write Gold);
  • is typeset (or can be re-typeset) with a LD-friendly font such as OpenDyslexic;
  • comes with online materials in the vein of MyMathLab or MyCommunicationLab (viz. flashcards and quizzes);
  • has an audiobook version (MP3 or DTB); and/or
  • is available via BookShare.

I hope this question isn't too off-topic, because I have been having a genuinely hard time finding a textbook or primer that meets my needs.

P.S: Are there any TeX/LaTeX tutors in the Washington, D.C. area? 1:1 instruction is how I learn best, to be frank.

P.P.S: Are there any good flashcard sets for memorizing LaTeX snippets, macros, and commands?

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    Re: flashcards: I guess using LaTeX is a better idea - you memorize what you need. Re: other requirements/accessibility: what about using Org-mode instead with Emacspeak? (I don't know that solution, just an idea to see whether it makes any sense.) – mbork Mar 30 '14 at 14:21
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    I don't know how accessible these are, but I have HTML versions of my LaTeX textbooks LaTeX for Complete Novices and Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis. Since they're HTML you can use your browser to switch off the CSS and set the font according to your preferences. Most of the images either have a brief description in the alt tag or they link to a page describing the image. – Nicola Talbot Mar 30 '14 at 15:18
  • @NicolaTalbot Your books seem like a great starting point--thanks! You can add your comment as an answer, if you'd like to do so. – Phil Hobrla Mar 30 '14 at 15:21
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    i disagree that the question What is the best book to start learning LaTeX? is a duplicate, although the answers given there are excellent and comprehensive -- for what was asked -- and there's a further link to non-english resources. however, this question is about materials that are accessible, i.e., can be read aloud, have the source available so they can be reset in special fonts readable by the visually challenged, and similar requirements. – barbara beeton Mar 31 '14 at 12:48
  • along these same lines is the question Are there good resources for converting TeX type files to spoken word?. the thesis by T.V.Raman, "AsTeR -- Audio System For Technical Readings" is backed up by a number of audio files, linked from an html top-level summary. – barbara beeton Mar 31 '14 at 13:15

(Converting my comment into an answer.)

My series of LaTeX books are provided as paperback, PDF (free) and HTML (free). The HTML versions were specifically designed to be accessible, although I don't have all the accessibility software installed to test it. With the HTML versions, you can use your browser to switch off the CSS and set the font to a size or style that's easier to read. Most of the images showing the typeset output from the examples either have a brief description in the alt tag or link to a page with a longer description and the nearest HTML approximation.

The first two volumes are: LaTeX for Complete Novices and Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis. The third volume (which covers more advanced topics) isn't finished yet, but it will follow the same format as the other two.

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