Developing Laboratory Procedures in Chemistry for Independent Learning of Students Who are Blind or Low Vision

In the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney we continue to build an inclusive culture for all our staff and students. Laboratory work is a central part of the undergraduate curriculum; hence it is vital that it is accessible to all students.

This project will develop and test 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 previously 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. We are now in the process of testing these procedures so that we can implement them in the following teaching year. This presentation will discuss the current state of the project and invite discussion on any improvements.

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