Many science activities depend on special equipment for experiments or other lessons using scientific inquiry. Some of this equipment is available commercially, either through vendors of general science materials or through specialized vendors, such as APH (American Printing House for the Blind). Other equipment must be adapted in order to make it accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.
We have divided this section into the areas of Product Reviews and Adaptations for Students with Visual Impairments. The Product Reviews present opinions from teachers in the field who have used commercially-available equipment and share their thoughts on the strengths and limitations of various pieces of equipment in teaching science to students who are blind or visually impaired. The Adaptations section presents ideas for making classroom equipment accessible.
We hope you'll share your suggestions for any type of equipment that you use in science education, including commercial products, as well as teacher-made adaptations! Please contact us at eLearning@Perkins.org, if you would like to share an idea!