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Pop Quiz: Reaching Disabled Audiences

Today I had the lovely opportunity to talk with two astronomy educators who have developed an astronomy kit for the visually impaired. Think about it, astronomy, a typically visual activity, for those who do not have sight. They’ve tried to recreate the experience of seeing the constellations and Moon as a tactile experience, not by just using topographic data, but actually mimicking the visual experience with a 3D printed model.

You can watch the whole episode below of you’d like, or check out their website, A Touch of the Universe.

This is pretty brilliant and takes some real “out of the box” thinking.

It got me wondering, what else can we do to make astronomy more accessible to various disabled individuals and populations? How can you share your area of expertise with a group you otherwise wouldn’t reach through traditional means?

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