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Upcoming and Recent Events

Sixth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana

Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2018
Jorgenson’s Inn & Suites
1714 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59601

Hotel Reservation Phone Numbers: 406-442-1770, or toll-free 800-272-1770
There will be an opportunity to see the Talking LabQuest and a few probes. See Robert Jaquiss at the convention for more information.

CUNY Reaching Students with Disabilities Conference

Independence Science will be presenting at CUNY Reaching Students with Disabilities Conference.
CUNY Graduate Science Center Room 4102
365 5th Ave New York, NY 10016
October 27th, 2018 9:30am-3:30pm EST
Targets high school and college science teachers, disability advocates, and graduate teaching assistants.
This event is free and open to the public but please register at
While we always encourage in person participation to aid in the meeting of future collaborators and other advocates this will also be Facebook live-streamed to assist those with disabilities that prevent them from leaving their homes.

The 70th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS)

October 31 – November 3, 2018,
Augusta Convention Center, Augusta, GA
The three-day vendor exhibition is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm, and Thursday and Friday, November 1-2, 2018 from 9am to 5pm.

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
2 Tenth Street  Augusta  GA  30901
SERMACS 2018 Special Hotel Rate for stays 10/29/18 – 11/4/18 $155.00 USD per night; Last day to book: 10/8/18
For reservations:
Complimentary airport shuttle service, reservation required
Shuttle Phone: 706-722-8900

National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey 42nd Annual State Convention

November 1-4, 2018
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, New Jersey

Live The Life You Want; Blind With Vision

Hosted by the State Board and the Sports & Recreation Division of NFBNJ
Honoring Longtime Member Brian Mackey

The Convention will be held at the:
Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel
515 US Highway 1 South
Iselin, New Jersey 08830
For reservations call 732-634-3600 and use the group code of NFB
Access Link accessible
Cross street: Gill Lane

Talking Labquest 2

Ashley Neybert at the National Federation of the Blind conference with the Talking Labquest 2 set up with a differential voltage sensor and a battery checking out an output on the Graphiti made with that same setup.

Talking Labquest 2 and Graphiti setup. The output shows potential in Volts written in print along the y axis, axis marks, and part of the data. Thank you Heather, Robert, and Dave from APH for all the hard work to get it to go!

Mission Statement

Independence Science seeks to promote the full integration of students who are blind or have low vision (BLV) into hands-on science laboratory learning experiences. Traditionally, students with BLV are paired with a sighted counterpart to serve as their eyes in the laboratory. Although this approach can be effective at completing laboratory course requirements, it does not instill in the mind of the student with BLV that they can perform these tasks independently.

Independence Science actively seeks partnerships with science education technology companies, access technology firms, and other educational researchers that are interested in opening doors of opportunity for students who are blind or have other disabilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

Independence Science is committed to building equity in the STEM classroom through the development of new innovative access technology solutions. We are working to open more doors of opportunity in the science laboratory and other areas of STEM.

There is significant under-representation of the blind and persons with other disabilities in STEM. A more inclusive STEM workforce is to the advantage of everyone.

Independence Science Seeks High Expectations

John F. Kennedy spoke about the importance of science as he launched the space race to go to the moon in his speech at Rice Stadium in Houston, TX in the fall of 1962.

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Who We Are

Blind scientists striving to mentor and encourage visually impaired students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Consultation Services

Our expert staff are happy to train students with visual impairments, teachers of the visually impaired, science faculty, and all other support staff.

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Sci-Voice Talking Labquest 2

Compatible with over 70 Vernier sensors and speaks real-time data collection results. Give your students who are blind or low-vision more independence in science courses!

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Sci-Voice Talking Labquest 2