Science for Students who are Blind or Vision Impaired

This workshop is for students! It will provide hands-on training for how talking scientific data collection devices can work in the science laboratory for students who are Blind or Vision Impaired.


  • Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE19STEM

Course Information

This workshop has been designed for students! It will provide hands-on training for how talking scientific data collection devices can work in the science laboratory. How this technology can be used for both science laboratory classroom use, but also in research experiences will be discussed. All participants will have the opportunity to conduct at least one science experiment under sleep shades if requested to experience how non-visual access to scientific data collection can be conducted. The importance of fully understanding the limitations of the talking science data loggers is just as important as knowing how it works. This will allow students with visual impairments to informatively delegate tasks they cannot do to other laboratory group team members. Information about how to acquire these talking tools will be presented upon the conclusion of the workshop if requested.

Feedback on possible new features will be collected and considered for future releases of the scientific data collection software. The importance of the relationship between the science teacher, teacher of the visually impaired, and the student with a visual impairment will be presented. It is this synergistic relationship that will help to promote a hands-on science learning experience for the student with a visual impairment.

This event is suitable for senior primary and secondary school students, their parents and teachers. The workshop will be held in the science laboratory at the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School. There is parking outside the school (use the drop off zone parking as school will have ended).


  • Cary Supalo
    I am the president and founder of Independence Science: a small assistive technology and accessibility consulting firm based out of the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana. My mission is to alter the societal paradigm of STEM education for students with disabilities by promoting hands-on science learning for all learners. We currently collaborate with partners such as Vernier Software & Technology to develop the next generation of talking and audible science laboratory tools which promote multisensory hands-on learning experiences for students with print disabilities. I seek to work with educators, researchers and organizations all over the world that believe in the core emancipatory philosophy of empowering individuals through an equitable education. My academic research interests include: the impact of text-to-speech scaffoldings on the learning experience of students with print disabilities; the positionality of special needs education in STEM teacher education and global education policies; the impact of 21st century learning policies and practices on students populations with print disabilities; assessment, curriculum development and modification for the science laboratory in the area of special needs learners at the secondary and post-secondary levels. I am active within the print-disabled community at both the local and global level. Currently, I serve as chair of the chemistry subcommittee of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) and also serve on the chemists with disabilities committee for the American Chemical Society.



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