Science Resources

Science teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired will find advice, encouragement, and teaching techniques in this section.

Created by HGS Hinomoto Plastics of Japan, these kits will mature your molecular structure and chemical bond models beyond marshmallows and Tinker Toys.

Source: Tech Vision

Created by HGS Hinomoto Plastics of Japan, these kits will mature your molecular structure and chemical bond models beyond marshmallows and Tinker Toys.

Source: Tech Vision

NCBYS drives "innovation in education and employment to the blind in STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] subjects and careers by serving as a national clearinghouse of resources and expertise related to nonvisual scientific exploration." It includes sections for students, teachers and parents, resources, programs, and careers.

This document includes the following links: Science Teaching Standards, Standards for Professional Development for Teachers of Science, Assessment in Science Education, and Science Content Standards.

NSTA "is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all." The site contains resources for parents and information on teaching students with disabilities.

This article describes a joint venture between Perkins School for the Blind and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which provides students who are visually impaired with an interactive way to study oceanography.

Source: Perkins eLearning Accessible Science

This article introduces students who are blind and actively participating in various science projects, including digging for dinosaur fossils, examining soil, and measuring rainfall.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

This article introduces students who are blind and actively participating in various science projects, including digging for dinosaur fossils, examining soil, and measuring rainfall.

Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

This site provides information about the vision care field, with resources on training, career and salaries as an optician.

Source: OpticianEdu.org

Maylene Bird and Karen Poston describe how to use brailled squares or dark lined large squares on a whole sheet of paper with binder clips to represent the dominant and recessive traits. They include diagrams that can be downloaded in various formats.

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

This checklist of questions ensures that seniors get the information they need from eye care professionals.

Source: VisionAware

TSynopses of current research findings, with links to further information and full texts.

Source: Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

This paper offers "suggestions for modifying science instruction and instructional materials to meet the learning needs of visually impaired students," with "relevant examples in physical, chemical and biological sciences"; includes discussion of policy implications, alternative assessment and educational technology.

Source: Electronic Journal of Science Education

Here you'll find low-cost adaptation kits to bring meaning to science lessons for students with visual impairments. MDW also provides training workshops for staff working with blind science students. Also on this page, the Out of Sight book of science experiments for grades 2-5.

Part of the Perkins Webinar series, this presentation provides an overview of the "5-E format" of an inquiry lesson, and discusses recent research on inquiry-based education for students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This article describes people with visual impairments who have become successful in many scientific fields, including engineering, physics, oceanography, chemistry, and astrophysics.

Source: Access World, American Federation of the Blind (AFB)

This video clip from WSSB shows Greg Williams, Ph.D., from Independence Science discusses how to safely organize and set up a laboratory bench for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

This article discusses the use of sound, touch, and smell to study nature and science.

Source: Natural History Education, Science, Technology (NHEST)

Geerat J. Vermeij, a blind marine biologist who teaches at the University of California at Davis, discusses what a blind person needs in order to succeed in science.

Source: Braille Monitor (2004) National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

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