Resources

Science Accessibility

A Journal Article on Accessible Periodic Tables 

An article by Dr. Dennis Fantin et al in the Journal of Chemical Education, published by the American Chemical Society, on various accessible periodic tables. Citation:  

Fantin, D., Sutton, M., Daumann, L. J., & Fischer, K. F. (2016). Evaluation of existing and new periodic tables of the elements for the chemistry education of blind students. Journal of Chemical Education93(6), 1039-1048.  

American Printing House for the Blind (http://www.aph.org)

One of the largest educational products catalogues to promote the instruction of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Blind Science (https://blindscience.org/)

Clearinghouse for teachers of the blind and visually impaired, science teachers, parents of blind children, and students who are blind or visually impaired to learn and share ideas as to how they overcame science access challenges.

BANA Math/ Science (http://www.brailleauthority.org/mathscience/math-science.html)

Official math codes used in the United States from the Braille Authority of North America.

Hill Laboratories (http://www.hill-lab.com/)

On-line resource for practical instructions for sighted assistance when working with students who are blind in the chemistry laboratory.

Independence Science Youtube Channel
( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFwQc-3a3jMscpNwcDYETVQ )

Instructional videos of Independence Science consultants providing product demonstration and approaches for working with students who are blind in the science laboratory.

NASA’s Eyes (https://eyes.nasa.gov/accessibility.html )

On-line resource for accessible products and resources developed by NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (https://www.rit.edu/ntid/ )

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology located in Rochester, New York.

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) (https://www.nsta.org/disabilities/ )

National organization for science teachers in the United States that provides resources for all science educators.

Vernier Software & Technology(www.vernier.com)

Major partner of Independence Science to make computer assisted scientific data collection possible for students who are blind or low vision.

ViewPlus (https://viewplus.com/)

Manufacturers of fully graphics enabled braille embossers for use in the science laboratory along with other math accessibility tools.

ViewPlus Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/viewplustech )

Video instruction on how to use the ViewPlus product Tiger Software Suite to make braille labeled tactile graphics.

Resources and standards for making accessible websites for persons with disabilities.

Math Accessibility

American Printing House for the Blind (www.aph.org)

One of the largest educational products catalog to promote the instruction of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Desmos ( https://www.desmos.com/ )

Free on-line accessible calculator for all students and teachers.

Mathspeak (https://accessinghigherground.org/handouts2013/HTCTU%20Alt%20Format%20Manuals/Math%20Accommodations/07%20MATHSPEAK.pdf)

Instructional techniques for live human readers to verbally speak mathematics expressions in a non-ambiguous way for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Math Window (https://mathwindow.com/ )

Large print and braille labeled algebra, geometry, and other math instructional manipulatives for teaching mathematics concepts to students who are visually impaired.

MathTrax (https://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/mathtrax/ )

Accessible free audio graphing tool developed by NASA for students with visual impairments.

NSTA (https://www.nsta.org/disabilities/ )

National organization for science teachers in the United States that provides resources for all science educators.

Teaching Crammer Abacus (https://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/cranmer-abacus-instruction.html)

Texas Instruments (https://education.ti.com/en/product-resources/special-needs )

Information about text-to-speech enabled and other accessibility products available from Texas Instruments.

TI-84 Tutorial(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLr4iumrglLBqDvdTxrEL6JrR089d4sSf2)

Instructional videos on how to use the talking TI84 graphing calculator.
Textbooks

Vernier Software & Technology(www.vernier.com)

Major partner of Independence Science to make computer assisted scientific data collection possible for students who are blind or low vision.

ViewPlus (https://viewplus.com/)

Manufacturers of fully graphics enabled braille embossers for use in the science laboratory along with other math accessibility tools.

ViewPlus Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/viewplustech )

Video instruction on how to use the ViewPlus product Tiger Software Suite to make braille labeled tactile graphics.

Resources and standards for making accessible websites for persons with disabilities.

Computer Science

Computer Programming Career Guide 
(https://www.computerscience.org/careers/computer-programmer/)


Computer Science Scholarships
(https://www.computerscience.org/scholarships/)

WebAccesibility Initiative(https://www.w3.org/WAI/ )

Stem Access Funding

Donors Choose (https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?rf=twitter-dccontent-2018-8-q1_mg-donor)

Resource for teachers to propose funding requests to acquire science access tools for students with visual impairments.

Braille Resources

All4Braille (http://www.all4braille.org)

BANA Math/ Science (http://www.brailleauthority.org/mathscience/math-science.html)

Official math codes used in the United States from the Braille Authority of North America.

Dotless Braille (http://www.dotlessbraille.org)

Manuals

LabQuest Current Updated User Guide (https://independencescience.com/2019-updated-user-guide/)

Sci-Voice Talking LabQuest 2 -Previous User Guide (https://independencescience.com/brief-user-guide/)

End User Liscence Agreement (https://independencescience.com/end-user-license-agreement/)

Logger Pro Reference Card 11 Braille File (https://independencescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/LoggerPro-Reference-Card-11.brf)

Logger Pro Reference Card 8 Braille File (https://independencescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/LoggerPro-Reference-Card-8.brf)

Other Accessibility Resources

American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org)

Nationwide consumer organization of persons who are blind or visually impaired that provides support at the local, state, and national levels.

Alliance for Braille Literacy (http://www.all4braille.com/ )

Organization that promotes the use of the Nemeth Code for Mathematics and Science Notation for the braille instruction of students who are blind or visually impaired.

Authentic Tasks (http://jfmueller.faculty.noctrl.edu/toolbox/tasks.htm )


A resource to help teachers figure out different examples of testing types they can include pointing towards authentic task assessments and how to implement these tasks in the classroom:

Braille Authority BANA (http://www.brailleauthority.org/brief/banainbrief.html )

Official body for approval of braille coes used in North America.

Chemists with Disabilities (acs.org/cwd)

Resource for chemists with various disabilities to learn about the types of accommodations and other useful information to promote the full integration of persons with disabilities into the chemistry workforce.

Individual Education Plan (IEP)(https://specialedresource.com/resource-center/7-steps-iep-process )

A page that describes how parents should approach the IEP process, what to avoid in an IEP meeting, and tutoring ideas for students with disabilities.

Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (JSESD )(https://scholarworks.rit.edu/jsesd/ )

The Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (JSESD) has been providing a peer-reviewed venue for the dissemination of research and practice related to the education of students with disabilities in the science classroom and laboratory since 1998.

National federation of the Blind (NFB) (www.nfb.org)

National consumer organization of blind people that operates on the local, state, and national levels to promote the full integration of the blind into all aspects of society.

NOVA (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/watch/)

Independence Science Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFwQc-3a3jMscpNwcDYETVQ )

Instructional videos of Independence Science consultants providing product demonstration and approaches for working with students who are blind in the science laboratory.

NGSS Alignment Products Document by APH (https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.51/xpf.058.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/NGSS_APH-Prod_-Alignment_2020.doc)

In an effort to assist all Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs) who teach science, APH maintains a document aligning all of their science products with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Tactile Graphics Image Library by APH (https://imagelibrary.aph.org/aphb/)

APH’s free library of vector images which can be printed on swell paper or a 3D printer