Resources and Other Opportunities
Interested in or pursuing science and looking for support? Want to get more information about tools and techniques that can help you to be successful? This is the place for you.
Recent years has seen tremendus progress in accessibility research, and there has been some focus on making STEM accessible for the blind. However, this research community has been very fragmented and has not been able to reach the relevant stakeholders that can benefit from this research, particularly in developing countries such as India. To bridge this gap, I-Stem launched a webinar series that sought to bring together researchers from India and abroad, and connected them with the visually impaired community in India and other stakeholders in the sector. The objective was to create awareness about solutions that are already out there, while also helping researchers to get ideas from students by understanding the challenges that they face. Topics included experiences of blind math and science students, accessibility research (especially research aimed at improving math, science or computer science access), and other useful skills such as disability disclosure and self-advocacy.
The webinar series started 19th May and ended 25th August. Besides a live webinar every other Saturday, the show was also broadcasted on Radio Udaan the next Sunday. Nearly 600 people across the country heard the show every other week.
|Webinar 1 (19th May)||Introduction to I-Stem||Webinar1 video||NA|
|Webinar 2 (2nd June)||Tools, techniques and strategies for successful math and science||Webinar2 video||Webinar2 slides|
|Webinar 3 (16th June)||Assistech Lab at IIT Delhi and their research projects||Webinar3 video||Webinar3 slides|
|Webinar 4 (30th June)||IDATA project at Yerkes Observatory and their research projects||Webinar4 video||NA|
|Webinar 5 (14th July)||Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India and their research projects||Webinar5 video||Webinar5 slides|
|Webinar 6 (28th July)||Inclusion and support system for students with disabilities in Indian universities||Webinar6 video||Ashoka University's presentation|
|Webinar 7 (11th August)||Successful blind and visually impaired professionals in tech||Webinar7 video||NA|
|Webinar 8 (25th August)||Infty project and their products||Webinar8 video||Webinar8 slides|
During the first I-Stem hackathon in january 2018, it was amazing to witness near-complete projects with significant impact. Even more powerful was the strong connections that many blind developers formed with industry professionals. To take this forward, I-Stem launched the I-Stem Internship Program where blind tech students are matched with a mentor (blind or sighted) for 8-10 weeks, working on real-world techical projects. The I-Stem team helps to provide accessible resources that the student might need to work on the project.
So far, we have had nearly ten interns participate in this program, working on a wide array of projects ranging from machine learning to web development, from Android app development to core accessibility. Currently, we offer this program on a case-by-case basis. if you are interested to intern with us and our community mentors, contact us.
Videos on science AND MATH learning
Check out a set of videos made by us to educate you on different software and strategies for math and science learning on our Youtube channel. This contains a wide variety of videos focusing on reading and writing math, accessible programming IDEs, managing labs and managing rough work in math.
At the 2017 convention of the National Federation of the Blind in the United States, The NFB Science and Engineering Division organized a STEM tutorial. Click here to view podcasts from the tutorial. This covers several topics and software (including many that we discussed in our videos).
The Diagram Center, a Benetech initiative, regularly conducts webinars about accessible math, science and computer science. Check out their webinar page.
Math and science manuals
Check out a math and science report prepared by one of our core team members here. We are in the process of updating this manual.
Thanks to the blindmath-gems project, the NFB has organized the archives of the popular Blindmath mailing list which has blind mathematicians and scientists from around the world. Check out the project here
We have compiled accessible math and science content from our members and the community. Let us know what you need by sending a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll be in touch shortly. Soon, you will be able to download content directly from the web.
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are becoming very popular these days. They allow you to learn from the comfort of your home and get certificates for your achievement. Several of our community members have successfully completed various courses on Coursera and EdX, and have found the experience to be accessible. Our members have also found several videos on Khan Academy to be accessible, particularly in mathematics. Our training programs also leverage MOOCs. Join the Accessible MOOCs for Visuallly Impaired Facebook group for discussions on this topic.
Notifications and circulars about math and science education in India
Visit our advocacy page for recent circulars and notifications about math and science education in the country.
Thinking about studying abroad? Want to understand how the process works for international students with disabilities? Our co-founder, Kartik Sawhney, did a show on this topic with Radio Udaan. Listen to the Youtube recording. As always, let us know if you have any questions.
Besides joining the I-Stem community, we recommend joining these mailing lists to ask questions from blind scientists around the world.
- National Federation of the Blind's Blind Math mailing list for topics related to accessible mathematics
- National Federation of the Blind's Science and Engineering Division mailing list
- National Federation of the Blind's Computer Science division mailing list
Want to brush up basic math?
We understand that several students are unfortunately denied the option of studying math and science after the 8th class, and several others are not taught vital concepts at school such as geometry. However, if you are determined to learn these concepts, we are here to help. Download Math Review from the Educational Testing Service website. This book is intended to guide GRE aspirants, but can be used as a great resource for learning math from scratch. Plus, this is completely accessible and includes verbal descriptions of images. You can also request a Braille supplement with tactile graphics by requesting it directly through the Educational Testing Service by emailing them at email@example.com at no cost to you.