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Astronomy for students with disabilities:
Making the Universe Accessible
NASA has put together an interdisciplinary team of elementary educators, special educators including those with expertise in assistive technology, and a research scientist with a goal of making Astronomy accessible to all in the classroom.
Accessible Universe Program Logo [NASA]
The goal of the Accessible Universe project is to enhance the teaching of astronomy, beginning in the upper elementary grades by:
Enhancing existing curricula, rather than replacing them.Accessible Universe provides teachers with a variety of resources:
Encouraging inquiry-based learning of astronomy, by making use of existing resources, including those which provide access to real data.
Matching the resources to the developmental level of the students
Providing a suite of simple, easy to implement activity modifications which can enable a wider community of learners to benefit from the space science and astronomy curriculum.
Integrating the use of technology into the curriculum, including assistive technology.
Accessible Universe Project
About the Accessible Universe Project
Class activities to accommodate a wide range of learners
Internet Resources for Elementary Astronomy
Teacher's Guide to Internet Resources
Webcams Explore Time and the Shape of the Earth
Rotating, Revolving, Seasons, and Solar System
Universe In Motion
Accessible Universe Resource Guide