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Paper: Visually Impaired in a General Astronomy Course
Volume: 533, ASP 2021: Sharing Best Practices – AstronomyTeaching and Public Engagement
Page: 145
Authors: Pantoja, C. A.; Isidro, G. M.
Abstract: The blind and the visually impaired are faced with many obstacles in college when studying science and mathematics due to the visual approach in teaching these subjects. We will describe some of our experiences in adapting a general astronomy course for the visually impaired and blind at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. This course provides a general introduction to astronomy at a phenomenological level. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of algebra. We focus on the accessibility strategies we have used when teaching mathematics concepts related to astronomy. We will address some considerations and challenges to take into account when adapting lessons for the visually impaired. Some of the materials or strategies developed for the classroom can later be used with other audiences in other science or education courses.
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