[Athen] tactile astronomy resources
winkharner at mesacc.edu
Thu Jan 27 19:19:29 PST 2011
Thanks for the info & referrals. Will follow up with David & Lucia tomorrow.
Also appreciate your insight. Will share with both the teacher & the student tomorrow.
Hope all is well
BTW how does one get a teaching certificate/license for college in CA?
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From: "Gaeir Dietrich" <gdietrich at htctu.net>
To: "Access Technology Higher Education Network" <athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2011 6:13:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Athen] tactile astronomy resources
A professor at Edinboro University did some wonderful astronomy tactiles a number of years ago. His name was Dr. David Hurd and his e-mail was dhurd at edinboro.edu .
You might also try contacting Lucia Hasty. I believe she knew David, and I have a very vague memory that maybe she had access to his tactiles…not sure.
Astronomy is actually a great science for a blind student to take. When it comes to star charts and such, tactile diagrams really do convey as much as pictures do. A sighted student is not going to get much more information with their eyes than the blind student can get with their fingers—and that is unusual in the sciences where observation is so much a part of them. The stars are so far away that none of us can really tell all that much by looking. Mostly astronomy is very theoretical, and that aspect really makes it quite accessible. I know it’s non-intuitive, but I often encouraged blind students to take astronomy—especially if they had never seen.
Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
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Subject: [Athen] tactile astronomy resources
Hi all ATHEN-ites
We need resources for a student who is significantly VI who needs some tactile resources for an intro astronomy class.
The lab portion of the class covers the northern hemisphere winter/spring seasons; the lecture portion of the class covers the whole sky. We have an astronomy dome lab for observation.
We expect to be able to do raised line printing for some of the handouts & charts. The instructor(s) have provided all materials in PDF format which our adaptive lab can either enlarge w/contrast or produce raised-line charts. Student is a JAWS user; instructor(s) use WEBCT for all homework assignments. We are providing a classroom assistant which can also provide out-of-class assistance to read screens as necessary.
Any other suggestions will be most welcome!
Please let us know ASAP about any tactile astronomy resources available…Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom and willingness to share resources & solutions.
Disability Resources & Services
Mesa Community College
1833 W. Southern Avenue
Mesa AZ 85202
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