Learning to be a Blind Scientist: Accessible Science from an Autoethnographic Perspective

Who knew science and blindness could coincide? The blind scientists at Independence Science are showing the world that they can!  

A scientist may become temporarily or permanently blind at any time in their journey through the STEM pipeline from school to the workplace. They may believe that blindness may close the doors of opportunity to pursue laboratory-based STEM learning and research. This is not true.  Once a dream, laboratory science is now accessible to the blind. This presentation will discuss methodological approaches commonly used by blind scientists to measure mass, volume, and conduct visual analysis of biological samples. Alternate, accessible methods can be used in the lab to complete routine tests. Equipment and training with Independence Science is empowering the blind pursue their interests in the lab.

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