federal law, students with physical disabilities must
be be allowed to participate fully in laboratory science
courses. This is easy enough to say, but hard to do.
Science teachers are wary of the extra time and effort
required of them. There are safety and equipment issues.
Can the student operate a bunsen burner or other special
equipment? How will he or she handle dissection? Will
the entire curriculum have to be "dumbed down"
to accomodate a single student with physical limitations?
What about the endless meetings with special education
people and demanding parents? Wouldn't it be simpler
to just put the student in a study hall? Not to diminish
the complexities of teaching science to a physically
disabled student, but many so-called obstacles are simply
misperceptions, easily overcome with creativity or minor
accommodation. We invite your comments,
ideas, and suggestions, and as they arrive this
website will be continuously updated. An expanded version
of this site will be available in book form, but is
not yet in print. To navigate this Sourcebook, simply
pick from the choices below or scroll down through this
webpage for more information.
Information on Physical Disabilities
Palsy - Hope Through Research
An excellent overview of cerebral palsy, including description,
and history, associated problems, treatments, research,
and a glossary. Assembled by the National Institute of
Fact Sheet No. 2
Definition of cerebral palsy, incidence, characteristics,
educational implications, resource materials, and supporting
and Hearing Loss
Fact Sheet No. 3
Definitions of deafness and hearing loss, impairments,
incidence, characteristics, educational implications,
resource materials, and supporting organizations.
and language disorders
Education: Making it Work in the High School
Inclusion Press is a small independent press that provides
readable, authoritative, accessible, user-friendly books
and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and
community. Includes the following:
This site includes general information on inclusion and
from the Inclusion Press that offers books and videos
Essays on inclusion, what changes are needed to make it
work, ethics of inclusion.
Downs Syndrome Society
General information on inclusion and inclusion philosophy;
names, address, summaries of organizations, newsletter/bulletins,
Electronic Journal of Inclusive Education
From Wright State University, publishes research, reviews,scholarly
writings and poetry concerning the inclusion of students
with special learning needs in regular classrooms .The
Electronic Journal is concerned with inclusion issues
at all levels of educational endeavors: research, administrative
issues, classroom teaching and exemplary university student
Science to Students with Disabilities
Includes a broad range of ideas for adapting science teaching
laboratories with students with learning, behavior, and
physicl disabilities; with information on special products
and other resources.
American Printing House for the Blind Inc.
This organization "promotes independence of blind and visually
impaired persons by providing special media, tools, and
materials needed for education and life." Catalog includes
special rulers and graph sheets with embossed lines.
Education Programs (IEP's)
Education Program: A Road Map To Success -- Celebrate the
This is a repackaging of a booklet published by the State
of Ohio, Department of Education (1995) for teachers and
parents. Topics include: The Big Picture and the Vision,
Preparing for the IEP Meeting, The IEP Meeting: A Sequential
Process, Legal Considerations, and Implementing the IEP.
From the U.S. Department of Education, this website offers
background information about the 1997 Ammendments to the
Individuals with Disabilities Act. It includes frequently
asked questions and answers, legal updates, and articles.
By clicking on "The Law" you can download a copy
of the law itself.
Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Provides information on various disabilities and disability-related
issues for families, educators and other professionals.
Includes large database of disability-specific organizations.
Developed to meet science learning needs of students with
disabilities, focussing mostly at the upper elementary level,
but with ideas applicable to more advanced classes as well.
Print and video materials, learning kits, simple lab equipment
providing clever solutions.
From Georgia Tech, this site is designed to help students
with disabilities gain greater access to math and science
education. With links to resources, research, readings,
and a listserve, it is designed to inform and assist students,
their parents, and teachers.
Science to Students with Disabilities
Extensive teacher resource divded into three sections: (1)
Disability Strategies (teaching strategies, learning environments,
and assistive/adaptive technologies); (2) Individualized
Education Programs (booklist of Special Education for Parents,
creating an IEP, guide to legal issues for parents); and
(3) Related information.
part of our local outreach program we would like to invite Dayton-area
schools to use our "Science-in-a-Box" program. We
have materials to support our lesson plans that you may take
on loan. While a science educator does not come in the box,
we will be happy to visit your school and assist you in conducting
our activities in your inclusive classroom! Contact
us for more information.