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Special Needs Overview

Students with special needs are held to the same National and State science, math and technology education standards as their peers. However, current NASA materials are often not designed with the deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, orthopedic, multi-disabled, or learning disabled user in mind. SERCH has been working with educators and experts from these exceptional classroom settings and organizations to identify what kinds of educational materials they need and what educational products will work best for their students. From our discussions and work with these educators and experts, it is clear that there is a need to modify and/or adapt existing educational materials and to encourage NASA product developers to include educational methods for involving the exceptional student population. To answer this dilemma SERCH has been working closely with special needs educators, experts and NASA education product developers to implement more effective ways for ALL students to share in the excitement of NASA space science missions.

ADDITIONALINFO To learn more about special needs, read 'An Introduction To Special Needs' (.pdf version | text version)
ADDITIONALINFO To learn more about making Earth and Space Science products more accessible (created by a team of professional educators and scientists), read our 'Best Practices: Top Ten List' (.pdf version)

These documents require that you have Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Reader can be downloaded at the Adobe Reader website.

ADDITIONALINFO Check out these NASA articles on making NASA science and math accessible...

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