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ERIC Number: EJ820868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Technology and Other Assistive Strategies to Aid Students with Disabilities in Performing Chemistry Lab Tasks
Neely, Mary Bethe
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n10 p1697-1701 Oct 2007
This paper describes a project undertaken as an interdisciplinary effort among four science departments, two disabilities services offices, and special education personnel to investigate the use and success of assistive technology devices as well as other equipment modifications in an attempt to transform science laboratories into environments where students with disabilities can function independently. The methods were developed and tested for entry-level science courses in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics, and could also be applied to other disciplines. Students with a wide variety of physical or visual disabilities were recruited to perform lab skills typically used in science experiments. Equipment evaluated ranged from high-end computerized magnification systems to glassware easily modified by the lab instructor. Because chemistry labs present significantly more safety issues than the other science disciplines, special attention was given to how students were able to perform tasks without endangering themselves or others. Results of the project emphasize the importance of identifying each student's type and degree of disability in order to effectively determine the equipment requirements. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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