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Independence Science

Independence Science, LLC is an assistive technology company developing tools that help students with blindness or low vision access the science classroom and laboratory settings. Working with educators, parents and teachers of the visually impaired, the Sci-Voice Lab Solution provides accessible data collection and analysis. The Talking LabQuest and Logger Pro solutions help a student develop the self confidence to follow a path that may lead to a career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Collaborator Links

Department of Chemistry at Truman State University

Indiana school for the Blind and Visually Impaired

UW - Madison
Chemistry Department, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, and Institute for Chemical Education

Penn State University
Department of Chemistry and Mallouk Research Group
The Chemistry Electronics Shop at Penn State

Purdue University
Chemistry Department and Bodner Research Group

National Center on Educational Outcomes,

Other Participating Sponsors

Vernier Software and Technology Company
GH Braille
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Useful Product Links

Vernier LabQuest
Vernier Sensors
Vernier Logger Pro
Window-Eyes, Advanced Screen Reader
Sci-Voice Lab Solution
Envision America
i.d. mate Summit

Other Available Resources

The Draftsman is a raised line drawing kit available from the American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, Kentucky, for $175 at www.aph.org. This device can be used by a BLV student to interact with their classmates or teacher and discuss visual concepts that require graphs and molecular structures.

Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities (TCSD), Edition 4.1. This resource manual is available free of charge from RIT Scholar Works and provides useful resources for teaching chemistry to blind and to other students with disabilities.

A Guide to Visual Disabilities - How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed is a resource provided by Affordable Colleges Online. It provides links to technology and resources, tips for effective and successful college learning, expert interviews, and more.

Working Chemists with Disabilities - Expanding Opportunities in Science is a publication from the ACS Committee on Chemists with Disabilities. It provides practical examples of how people with disabilities can and do work productively in science. It also suggests ideas that can facilitate the transition from education to employment, and provides ideas for modifying the work environments of scientists who become disabled during their careers.

National Center for Blind Youth in Science: www.blindscience.org is the first dynamic web site that serves as a clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas for teachers, parents, and students who are blind to share and obtain teaching tips for teaching science to BLV students.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) sponsors an internship program called Entry Point. This program provides internship opportunities for students with disabilities to have a hands-on work experience in a STEM employment. For more information go to: www.entrypoint.org

The Center for Online Education provides information about STEM Opportunities for Women and Minorities. For more information go to: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/women-and-minorities-stem/

Some of the materials presented here are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants HRD-0435656 and HRD-0726417. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.