Accessible Science Resources

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Maylene Bird and Karen Poston share ideas for creating a braille diagram of the cell cycle. The article includes step-by-step instructions and photographs of student-created diagrams.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Geerat J. Vermeij describes his experiences as a blind scientist and a nationally recognized marine biologist.

Source: National Federation of the Blind

Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy by Noreen Grice is designed to make astronomy accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired.  The book uses a combination of braille and large-print captions with photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and embossed shapes that represent various astronomical objects such as stars, gas clouds, and jets of matter streaming into space.

Luisa Mayer, Ph.D., an internationally known specialist in visual field/functional vision testing describes strategies for assessing field loss and interpreting assessment results. A good explanation of visual field loss and impacts for laypersons and parents as well.

Source: Perkins eLearning
The Whalemobile is a life-sized (43 feet long) humpback whale you can touch.  It is modeled after a real whale, named Nile, who spends her summers off the coast of Massachusetts. Cynde McInnis brings Nile into schools, libraries and summer programs sharing her 22 years of experience as a whale watch naturalist with children. Whale biology, sounds, natural history, and individual identification are among a few topics she presents using slides, sounds and video. 
What started as a love for whales when she was a child, has led to a deep desire to protect our planet. By bringing Nile into your school (and taking your students inside her), she hopes to share this passion and inspire the next generation of ocean advocates.
Nile recently came to visit Perkins School for the Blind.
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An overview of diabetes.

Source: VisionAware

The following is from the Wikki Stix Website describing the composition and uses of Wikki Stix.  They come in very handy for builiding raised lines on the fly and should be included in every TVIs bag of tricks. 

What are Wikki Stix made of?

Wikki Stix are made of hand-knitting yarn enhanced with a microcrystalline food-grade, non-toxic wax, the kind used in bubble gum and lipstick. They do not contain latex, gluten, nor peanut or other nut oils or byproducts, which makes them an ideal creative activity toy for children with allergies.

Simply stated…they stick! No glue, no paste, no mess. Just press them down with light fingertip pressure and they will adhere to almost any smooth surface. They are also easy to peel up and reposition so “mistakes” virtually disappear, which helps build self-confidence.

There is no preparation, no clean-up, no mess. Press ‘em down, peel ‘em off… it’s that simple!

A few more details

Wikki Stix do not break or tear apart, but cut easily with scissors. Wikki Stix conform to all U.S. Consumer Safety Standards including ASTM D-4236 and F-963, as well as the European Standard BS5665/EN71.

Provides a solid foundation for understanding eye conditions that affect seniors. Addresses treatment and rehabilitation; includes a vision simulation video and glossary.

Source: VisionAware