[Athen] tactile astronomy resources

Kestrell kestrell at panix.com
Fri Jan 28 05:20:46 PST 2011

Not so much a resource as an example of a blind physicist: Kent Cullers, who is head of research, I believe, at the SETI Project, is blind. He was the blind physicist mentioned in Carl Sagan's book _Contact_.


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From: Wink Harner
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 12:15 PM
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.

Wink Harner


Disability Resources & Services

Mesa Community College

1833 W. Southern Avenue

Mesa AZ 85202


winkharner at mesacc.edu


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