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Abstract Title: When Students are Left in the Dark
Abstract: Often in the postsecondary physics classroom, tradition shapes the way lessons are delivered and mastery is measured. All too often, these traditional delivery and examination methods leave students who have sensory disabilities in the dark. As a blind student, I have experienced first-hand the damage that is done when students and professors are unable to communicate with each other in an accessible medium, or when doing things the way they have always been done takes precedence over ensuring that every student has the opportunity to pursue and demonstrate understanding. As an undergraduate researcher, and the leader of a growing education initiative that puts the tools of a physicist directly into the hands of blind students, I also know that there is a better way. In this panel session, I will describe some of my own experiences studying physics, in the classroom and the lab, and I will share insights that I have gained through my outreach efforts.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Accessibility and Universal Design in Physics Education

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jamie Principato
Colorado Center for the Blind