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The weblinks below highlight a range on online resources aimed at encouraging STEM practitioners to consider the accessibility and inclusivity (or otherwise) of their disciplines.  These links are also available on the HESTEM site
Before you explore links to strategies offered by a range of experts, please be aware of a few key documents that are offered as downloads namely: 

Making Your Teaching Inclusive

The Making Your Teaching Inclusive website from the Open University (despite having been written in 2006) has some useful guidance about working in practical STEM environments and the barriers that can occur. There are notes about working in laboratoriesfield trips and a discussion around health and safety. Accessibility of learning materials and concerns about assessments are briefly mentioned with links to other sites with more in-depth articles on the subject.

Access2Science

The Access2Science website is an American site set up in June 2011. It aims to provide 'articles and links on accessibility of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM. Its purpose is to provide practical information to people with print disabilities and to their friends, parents and teachers." One of the useful links is the Independent Laboratory Access for the Blind in Penn State University.

Introduction to Accessible Physics Concepts

The modules in this collection of Physics Concepts come from a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Texas, USA. He presents physics concepts in a format that blind students can read using accessibility tools.

Teaching a Physics Laboratory to Blind Students

This 2004 project at the University of Nottingham captured the first time the School of Physics and Astronomy had taught visually impaired students. It highlighted potential problems (health and safety issues, class management, access to information, equality of learning experience and assessment) and solutions to these problems.

AccessSTEM

AccessSTEM is a US-based organisation whose purpose is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM careers. AccessSTEM builds on established collaborations and brings together practices that have proven successful individually, to create a unique, comprehensive set of interventions. On the website, you will find a list of blindness resources.

Science Access Project - Oregan State University

Dating back to 2005, this project aimed to develop methods for making science, maths and engineering information accessible to people with print disabilities.

Teaching Maths to Visually Impaired Students

This website captures the work of Susan Osterhaus, a secondary maths teacher at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. On the website you'll find:

  • Teaching strategies
  • Maths resources
  • Adaptive tool and technologies for accessible maths
  • Tactile Maths graphics and more

MSOR's Supporting Students with Disabilities Network

This network has a range of articles and resources of relevance to supporting Maths students who have a visual impairment.including one on Mathematical Equations in Braille (2007), S Maddox. Steve Maddox of the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Nottingham investigated several ways to produce mathematical Braille from LaTeX files, and chose to use the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT). This article discusses his decision and experiences in further detail. 

Engineering Subject Centre Guide: Working with Disabled Students (HEA, 2005)

The guide is aimed at staff within engineering departments in higher education. Much of its content will be useful to any member of staff, but it is likely to be most relevant to those given particular responsibility for disability issues.  

The Development of an Accessible Learning Framework for Severely Visually-impaired Students in the Architectural Studio: a Case Study

This case study concerns a student whose visual impairment is sufficient to allow for registration as a blind person.  It describes the problems raised and solutions found in providing the student with an accessible environment in a situation traditionally highly geared to visual means of communication, that is, the architectural studio. 

Independence Science LLC (USA)

Independent Science are an American company that have a variety of products, but they have also provided am Independence Science blog and interesting articles about STEM subjects and accessibility for disabled students.  

 

 
 

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