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IsLAND 2018, September 14-15

Inclusion in Science, Learning a New Direction Conference on Disability

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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. 

There is significant under-representation of the blind and persons with other disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study. 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 STEM. A more inclusive STEM workforce is to the advantage of everyone. Independence Science is committed to building equity in the STEM classroom. Through the development of new innovative access technology solutions to access the science laboratory and other areas of STEM we are working to open more doors of opportunity in STEM. 

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 II

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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