Applied computational chemistry for the blind and visually impaired
We describe accommodations that we have made to our applied computational-theoretical chemistry laboratory to provide access for blind and visually impaired students interested in independent investigation of structure-function relationships. Our approach utilizes tactile drawings, molecular model kits, existing software, Bash and Perl scripts written in-house, and three-dimensional printing in a process that allows a blind or visually impaired student to satisfy her or his curiosity about structure-function relationships with minimal assistance from sighted co-workers.
Computational Chemistry, Computer-Based Learning, Graduate Education/Research, Inquiry-Based/Discovery Learning, Laboratory Computing/Interfacing, Molecular Properties/Structure, Organic Chemistry, Quantum Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry, Undergraduate Research
Wedler, Henry B.; Cohen, Sarah R.; Davis, Rebecca L.; Harrison, Jason G.; Siebert, Matthew R.; Willenbring, Dan; Hamann, Christian S.; Shaw, Jared T.; and Tantillo, Dean J., "Applied computational chemistry for the blind and visually impaired" (2012). Articles by College of Natural and Applied Sciences Faculty. 2954.
Journal of Chemical Education