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IsLAND 2018, September 14-15: Princeton University

Inclusion in Science, Learning a New Direction Conference on Disability

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Ashley Nyquist 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 graffiti made with that same setup.

Talking Labquest 2 and graffiti 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.

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

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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