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The 9th annual Inclusion in Science, Learning a New Direction, Conference (ISLAND) on disability is just around the corner!

September 14-15: Princeton University
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Michael Hingson

Keynote Speaker Island 2018

On September 11, 2001, a blind man escaped the World Trade Center by walking down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog. Days later, America fell in love with Mike and Roselle and the special bond that helped them both survive one of the country’s darkest days.

Immediately after the 9-11 tragedy, Michael was featured on the Larry King show five times. To quote Larry King…
“Michael Hingson is an international hero honored and awarded by top organizations worldwide.” This media exposure changed the course of Michael’s life and launched him into a speaking career that has spanned over a decade. He travels the world as a keynote and inspirational speaker that motivates audiences to action.

9th Annual Inclusion in Science, Learning a New Direction, Conference (ISLAND) on Disability

Come learn about innovative research that seeks to integrate persons with disabilities into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study from researchers and practitioners in the field. The conference will also include current professionals from the field that will present Enrichment programs and other research they are currently engaged in promoting access to technology in the STEM Education Industry. Network with these Twenty-First Century innovators who are promoting inclusion and equity in STEM opportunities.

The conference will be held on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Bowen Hall located on Prospect Drive on the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The conference will begin on Friday, September 14 with a reception that will begin at 6:30 PM. This reception will be followed by a keynote address by Michael Hingson who is himself totally blind. He will tell his story about how he survived the World Trade Center tragedy in 2001. His blindness skills and himself being a scientist did pay dividends in his successful escape, but the countless others he also helped to get out.

The conference will then continue on the morning of Saturday, September 15 with a continental breakfast at 8:30 AM and conclude by 5:30 PM. Conference registration is $20 in advance and $30 after September 1. Attendees can register by going to: Please note, pre-registration is necessary for meal planning preferences. Therefore, onsite registration may not guarantee meal options of your choice, therefore we strongly recommend pre-registration if possible.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the program coordinator, Cary Supalo –

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Island Conference!


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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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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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