Where can I find vendors who specialize in assistive technology and materials for science laboratories?
There are many resources for purchasing or creating technology and materials that make science labs accessible to students with a variety of disabilities. Conducting a web search will locate some of them, but the following websites provide a good place to start:
- American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
Products for students with visual impairments including math textbooks, tactile graphics kit, rulers, and graph sheets.
- Freedom Scientific
Technology resources for students who are blind, or who have low vision or learning disabilities.
- Independent Living Aids, Inc.
Talking, large display, and other adapted products for individuals who are visually impaired.
- Independence Science, which offers assistive technology for individuals with disabilities, especially visual impairments, including data collection tools, tactile graphics, and accessible data analysis software.
- Maxi Aids & Appliances for Independent Living
Talking, large display and other adaptive products.
- Science Access Project
A project to enhance the ability of people with print disabilities to read, write, and manipulate information. Their focus is on math equations and information normally presented in tables, graphs, diagrams, and figures.
For information on teaching strategies that promote the full inclusion of students with disabilities in science, consult the publications The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science and Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities. You may also view the videos by the same titles.