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Independence Science seeks to promote the full integration of blind or low vision students, who, from here on will be referred to as “blind students.” into hands-on science laboratory learning experiences. Traditionally, blind students 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 the blind student 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 other persons with disabilities in STEM. A more inclusive STEM workforce is to the advantage of everyone.

Ashley Neybert with the talking labquest

The picture above is of Ashley Neybert at the National Federation of the Blind conference with the Sci-Voice™ 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.

Image of the Talking Labquest 2 and keyboard

The image above is of the Sci-Voice™ 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!

For more information about Independence Science products or services, please contact us at info@independencescience.com or (866) 862-9665

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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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The 2021 Inclusion in Science, Learning A New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND) will be hosted on Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th at Princeton University. ISLAND Down Under is scheduled for Monday, September 27th at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

More details regarding abstract submissions and registration will be available in March 2021.

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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, Texas in the fall of 1962. We believe in making these high expectations into a reality for all students.