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ERIC Number: EJ1169403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Students with Blindness Explore Chemistry at "Camp Can Do"
Supalo, Cary A.; Wohlers, H. David; Humphrey, Jennifer R.
Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, v15 n1 Article 2 p1-9 2011
Students with blindness or low vision are often discouraged from full participation in laboratory science classes due to the inadequacy of current methodological approaches and the lack of sophisticated adaptive technologies. Consequently, these students rarely go on to pursue advanced studies and employment in the sciences. In response to his own frustrations as a scientist with blindness, Supalo conceived, co-founded, and managed the Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind (ILAB) project for his doctoral research in chemistry. Numerous multisensory tools, technologies, and methodologies for teaching the sciences to students with visual impairments were developed and evaluated by the ILAB team. In 2009 and 2010, these hands-on adaptations were used by students with blindness and low vision from throughout the Caribbean during a chemistry workshop at a one-week summer camp held on the island of Tobago. Led by Supalo during the first-ever Camp Can Do in 2009 and Wohlers during 2010, the chemistry workshop successfully introduced the students to some basic chemical reactions and the most current adaptive technologies available for the laboratory sciences. For many of the students, Camp Can Do represented the first real opportunity to learn about science and technology with a hands-on approach.
Descriptors: Blindness, Visual Impairments, Chemistry, Science Education, Assistive Technology, Hands on Science, Workshops, Summer Programs, Foreign Countries, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Training, Science Programs, Problem Solving, High School Students, STEM Education, Science Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Trinidad and Tobago
Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD0726417|HRD0435656