Tools to Make Chemistry Education Accessible for Persons with Visual Impairments

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What interventions can educators use to make science accessible to children, adolescents, and adults with partial or complete blindness?

Today, technological interventions can utilize universal designs that help students with visual impairments learn and do science more easily. Join Bryan F. Shaw, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Baylor University as he discusses key tools and interventions like the use of light-scattering tactile graphics (“lithophanes”) as universal 2D graphics, oral somatosensory perception of 3D models, and expands the discussion to include the design of 3D printed tools and robotics that make science experiments accessible to people with diverse physical and visual abilities.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Cary Supalo of Independence Science and Annabelle Lolinco of Iowa State University and is co-produced with the ACS Division of Professional Relations.

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What You Will Learn

  • How to make high resolution 2D data accessible to people with blindness or low vision 
  • How to make 3D data accessible to people with blindness or low vision 
  • How to make certain lab tools accessible to people with blindness or low vision

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What an attendee said about this ACS Webinar!


The webinar did a great job of introducing the problem of training scientists with limited or no vision and provided a number of innovative examples on how to address lab work, data evaluation, etc.


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Bryan Shaw
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Baylor University

Cary Supalo
Founder, Independence Science and Research Developer, Educational Testing Service

Annabelle Lolinco
Graduate Student, Iowa State University

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