At seven-years old, Cary Supalo lost his eyesight. In the following years, his adaptation to new skills and unknown surroundings sparked his curiosity in our environment and why things are the way they are. Cary first developed an interest in science at his high school in Bolingbrook, Illinois and pursued his studies at Purdue University where he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Communications in 1999. Cary then furthered his studies at Penn State University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry. During research for his degree completion, he found that “sighted assistance” was an extremely variable and unreliable method for accurate, objective data collection. With this realization and the work of the ILAB (Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind) Project the development of a method for him and every blind student to successfully access and independently collect real- time data was formed.
Ashley Neybert got her Bachelor’s in Chemistry at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri in 2015. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s en route Doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado with a Master’s focus in Physical and Computational Chemistry and a Doctoral focus in Chemistry Education. Her research interests are computational analysis of greenhouse gases and their removal from our atmosphere and making Science more fun and accessible for all people whether that be through physical access such as our Talking LabQuest 2 or intellectual access by including novel demonstrations and relevant “real-life” usage of science to help people see why science is important for everyone from business majors to of course career scientists!
Ashley is our sales and curriculum specialist and may be asked to make existing curriculum more accessible or for creative suggestions of accessible scientific demos for your class, camp, or outreach opportunity. Some cool examples of these activities are an accessible version of the tornado in a bottle experiment and a flaming pumpkin that doesn’t burn. She is also available to do trainings, lectures, guest speaking events, or teach at camps. Interested in these services as a standalone or as a package along with product sales from Independence Science?
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Born in 1953, Robert was blinded due to ROP. His parents moved from Nebraska to Oregon so Robert could attend public school. Robert graduated with honors from Silverton Union High School in 1971 and from Oregon State University in 1976. Robert holds a BS in computer Science.
From 1976 to 1999, Robert worked at Tektronix Inc. in Beaverton as a Software Engineer, Telecommunications Analyst and Network Administrator. In 2000, Robert joined the staff at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute (NFBJI) as a computer programmer and Access Technology Specialist.
In 2004, Robert became the Executive Director of VIEW International Foundation and oversaw the production of the book Touch The Sun. In 2011, Robert returned to the NFBJI again as an Access Technology Specialist.
In 2012, Robert moved to Oregon where he opened a consulting business, Tactile Graphics Solutions LLC. (TGS).
A member of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) since 1990, Robert has developed an expertise in the technologies related to the production of tactile graphics, three-dimensional models, and document scanning and processing. Robert has served on the NFB Research and Development Committee since 1993.
Robert has been interested in tactile graphics since childhood when he worked with his father, the late Robert Jaquiss Sr., to develop a technique for the production of tactile maps. He continued developing his expertise in tactile graphics, and in 1998, he was invited to serve a term on the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) Technical Committee on Tactile Graphics.
Robert’s interests include archeology, history, the history of the blind, and the concept of sustainable rehabilitation of the blind in developing nations. Robert is active in his local church and NFB affiliate.
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