Title: Independent Laboratory Learning for Students who are Blind or Low Vision

In the School of Chemistry of the University of Sydney we aim to build an inclusive culture for all our staff and students. It is not currently possible for students who are blind or low vision to carry out experiments independently in our first-year Chemistry laboratory. This project will develop experimental procedures that allow students who are blind or have low vision, to work in the laboratory independently and empower them to be more active participants in their own learning. The inclusive design principles underlying this project will also benefit the general student cohort, both in their own learning and their awareness and understanding of accessibility. We have mapped out a complete set of experiments that can be adapted, so that students who are blind or have low vision can carry them out independently. This presentation will discuss those experiments and our strategies towards implementing the whole laboratory program.

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