[Nfbmo] FW: [Missouri_Assistive_Technology] Spread our Mission for Accessible Education

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 14 14:33:16 UTC 2013



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Kristine Rooff
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Subject: [Missouri_Assistive_Technology] Spread our Mission for Accessible


We are reaching out to further our common goal of improving the education of
students who are blind or visually impaired.  Independence Science is
launching a new program which provides support, training, and
recommendations to increase the accessibility of STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math) courses.  We need your support to reach the teachers,
parents, schools, and districts who will benefit from this new service. 


Below is a press release announcing the launch of the Adaptation Support
Program, and further information can be found on our Science Access Blog
<http://independencescience.com/blog.php> .  We would greatly appreciate you
listing this program as a resource and sharing it with your members and
readers.  Independence Science is happy to reciprocate for your outreach and
events through our blog and newsletter publications.  Your support enables
us to improve the education and careers of students who are blind or
visually impaired! 


New service helps schools adapt classrooms for students who are blind or
visually impaired

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Students who are blind or visually impaired could
have even better classroom experiences in STEM courses thanks to a new
service for school districts, teachers and parents.

 <http://www.independencescience.com/> Independence Science Inc. has
launched the Adaptation Support Program, a support service primarily
designed to assist instruction in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics - the STEM fields. Subscribers receive phone and email support
from educators who are experienced in instructing students who are blind or
visually impaired in K-12 and college settings.

Cary Supalo, founder of Independence Science, said the Adaptation Support
Program includes several features that could help educators provide a more
accessible environment.

"Subscribers will receive detailed assistance with Individual Education
Plans (IEPs), personal consultations, environmental recommendations,
directions for complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and
techniques to adapt and modify laboratory equipment," he said. "We believe
this program will serve as a valuable resource for teachers and parents
across the United States. Science education mandates require that all
students complete high school science components in order to graduate, and
our staff is trained to offer the best recommendations."

Supalo said the program will complement the company's Sci-Voice Lab
Solution, which adapts commonly used laboratory technology for students who
are visually impaired.

"The Adaptation Support Program will assist teachers and parents in properly
modifying the classroom," he said. "Experience has shown that access to
adapted tools, graphics and techniques greatly improve a student's concept
development and overall understanding of course material."

Roger Tower, director of outreach at Independence Science, said the current
means of adaptation support sometimes can be difficult to find.

"This often leads to an unsatisfactory experience for the students," he
said. "We are offering unlimited phone and email support from industry
experts to better spread knowledge about how to adapt materials in the
laboratory for students who have visual impairments."

The Adaptation Support Program can be purchased yearly for an individual
user or multiple users. Call Independence Science at  <tel:866-862-9665>
866-862-9665 or visit
http://www.independencescience.com/resource-program.php to learn more or
subscribe and receive immediate support.

About Independence Science Inc.

Researchers at  <http://www.independencescience.com/> Independence Science
are making their expertise available to help school districts, colleges,
universities and state rehabilitation agencies across the country meet
Americans with Disabilities Act requirements in the science curriculum. The
Sci-Voice Lab Solution includes adapted technologies and methodologies to
help make science courses more accessible for students who are blind or have
low vision.

About Purdue Research Park

The  <http://www.purdueresearchpark.com/> Purdue Research Park, with four
locations across Indiana, has the largest university-affiliated business
incubation complex in the country. The park network is home to about 240
companies that employ about 4,500 people and are located in West Lafayette,
Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany. 

Purdue Research Park contact: Steve Martin,  <tel:765-588-3342>
765-588-3342,  <mailto:sgmartin at prf.org> sgmartin at prf.org  

Source: Roger Tower,  <tel:866-862-9665> 866-862-9665,
<mailto:rtower at independencescience.com> rtower at independencescience.com 


Thank you for any assistance you are able to provide! 


Science access for all, 


Ian Miller

Outreach Coordinator

Independence Science 

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