[tabi] FW: GW Micro and Independence Science Make Science and Engineering Accessible to Blind Worldwide

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 13:42:05 -0400

For any students especially, this is very interesting:



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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:12 PM
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Subject: GW Micro and Independence Science Make Science and Engineering 
Accessible to Blind Worldwide



GW Micro and Independence Science Make Science and Engineering Accessible to 
Blind Worldwide

Fort Wayne, Indiana (April 19, 2012) - GW Micro, Inc. (www.gwmicro.com) and 
Independence Science (www.independencescience.com) are excited to announce a 
collaborative effort to make science and engineering accessible to  students 
who are blind around the world. 

A few years ago, the idea of students with visual impairments (VI) accessing 
scientific laboratory equipment and performing advanced data analysis 
independently was considered impossible, because most observations and 
manipulations of data were presented in a visual way. Students who are blind or 
visually impaired have been underrepresented in the Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields due to the limitations of access to 
scientific curricula in the classroom.  The new collaborative effort between GW 
Micro and Independence Science strives to provide a solution that will enable 
more students who are blind and visually impaired to enter the STEM fields.

Research by Dr. Cary Supalo, Independence Science, and GW Micro has led to the 
development of a text-to-speech package that acts as the missing link between 
the technology and students who are visually impaired.

This comprehensive package is known as the ISci Lab Solution, which includes 
the following hardware and software components:


*       Vernier LabQuest (stand-alone data collection interface)


*       ISci Voice Plug-in (for LabQuest)
*       Vernier Logger Pro (data collection and analysis application for PC)
*       Window-Eyes (an advanced screen reader application for PC)
*       Window-Eyes app for Logger Pro (enhances Logger Pro accessibility with 

The ISci Lab Solution enables students who are blind to participate in hands-on 
learning activities with scientific data and curriculum. “We envision a 
classroom that exhibits the full integration of students with VI and reduces 
teacher anxiety about accommodating students during lab activities," said Dr. 
Supalo, who is himself a blind scientist. “My experience developing these 
access technologies has taught me that blindness need not be a barrier in the 
pursuit of one’s ambitions.”

With the advanced technology of the Window-Eyes screen reading software, the 
ISci Lab Solution is now available in multiple languages to enable science 
access to the blind around the globe. This was not possible until the release 
of the ISci Lab Solution package. For customers who already have Window-Eyes or 
one of the other components, each individual component of the ISci Lab Solution 
can be purchased separately. Additionally, various sensors can be purchased 
from Independence Science that can collect various types of data, such as 
temperature, force, or other information.

"We are very excited to bring this unique access solution to the market, which 
will help school systems and post-secondary institutions provide accessible 
science classrooms to the blind and visually impaired," said Dan Weirich, Vice 
President of Sales and Marketing for GW Micro.

GW Micro has been a trusted pioneer in the adaptive technology industry since 
1990, and continues to lead with innovative, customer driven solutions.

Independence Science is the leading developer of accessible technology for 
students with visual impairments in the science laboratory. ISci research is 
funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

To take advantage of special introductory pricing, please contact GW Micro or 
Independence Science at the following:

GW Micro
Phone: (260) 489-3671 
Email: sales@xxxxxxxxxxx 
Web: www.gwmicro.com

Independence Science
Phone: (866) 862-9665
Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Web: www.independencescience.com


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