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Diversity Resources for Working with Special Needs Audiences

Updated on June 26, 2015 - 7:12 AM CDT
Posted on May 5, 2015 - 3:59 PM CDT

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NOTE: Recommendations for resources on this page come from Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman from JPL.


Noreen Grice. 2002. Touch the Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy. USA: The National Academies Press.
Touch the Universe is a unique and innovative astronomy book that will help visually impaired people "see" the wonders of our universe. Using a combination of Braille and large-print captions that face 14 pages of brilliant Hubble Space Telescope photos, it is embossed with shapes that represent various astronomical objects such as stars, gas clouds, and jets of matter streaming into space.


NSTA Science for Students with Disabilities
This website provides strategies and resources for making science accessible for all students, including those with disabilities. By clicking on one of the links below, you can find general information, teaching strategies, and resources on working with students with disabilities in the science classroom. Good luck, and thank you for your commitment to “Science for All!”

Science Education for Students with Disabilities
Science Education for Students with Disabilities exists to promote and advance the teaching of science and the development of curricula and instructional materials for students at all levels, with any manners of disability in the learning process.

Space Science Is for Everyone: Creating and Using Accessible Resources in Educational Settings
The Southeast Regional Clearinghouse, or SERCH, convened seven highly successful "Exceptional Space Science Materials for Exceptional Students" workshops. The workshops offered professional development training and resources for the teachers of students with disabilities, science educators (both formal and informal), and product developers who are working to make Earth and space science concepts more accessible for persons with disabilities. This collection of helpful hints and resources is based on the seven workshops, the expertise of the participants and product testing in classrooms around the United States following these workshops. The brochure is offered as a tool for science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators who are working with students with disabilities. Some activity descriptions are supplemented with case study examples addressing a particular disability. In addition, contributing educator-authors have provided a variety of lessons learned from formal education (Pre-K through 12th-grade), home school education, and informal or "free-choice" education learning venues, such as science centers, museums and planetariums.


Video: Best Practices in Working with Students with Disabilities
In this video, SMD community member Rachel Zimmerman-Brachman at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory talks about best practices in working with students with disabilities.




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