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Upcoming and Recent Events

September 21-22: Sixth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana

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.

October 19, 2018: Annual Vision Works Expo 2018

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with Pittsburgh Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS)

The purpose of this Expo is to: demonstrate the variety of assistive technology and low vision devices; adaptive technology used on the job; learn from HR professionals on how to get hired at various companies within the region; employer informational & professional mentor one-on-one sessions; and network with people who are blind or visually impaired working in a variety of fields.

Doubletree by Hilton

500 Mansfield Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Contact: Shari Dipietro, Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services. 412-565-3679. shdipietro@pa.gov

October 19, 2018: American Council of the Blind of Oregon

University Place Hotel and Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland, Oregon 97201

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

October 26: NFB of California State Convention

10:00am to 4:30pm

Los Angeles International Airport Marriot

5855 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, California

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

October 27: CUNY Reaching Students with Disabilities Conference

9:30am-3:30pm

CUNY Graduate Science Center Room 4102

365 5th Ave New York, NY 10016

Independence Science will be presenting at CUNY Reaching Students with Disabilities Conference. 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
Https://tinyurl.com/y9xqkmjb
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.

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

October 31-November 2: The 70th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS)

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 Marriot and Convention Center

2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Complimentary airport shuttle service, reservation required. Shuttle Phone: 706-722-8900

https://www.facebook.com/SERMACS2018/

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

November 1-4: NFB of New Jersey State Convention

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, 515 US Highway 1 South, Iselin, NJ 08830

Thursday, November 1: 7:00-10:00pm. Friday, November 2: 8:00am-1:00pm

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

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

November 7: Access Technology Event New York Public Library

Noon to 5:00pm

476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

November 9; NFB of Maryland Ocean City, Maryland

Carousel Resort Hotel

11700 Coastal Highway, 118th Street at the Ocean, Ocean City, MD 21842

Independence Science staff will be in attendance. Please come by and visit!

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