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An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS) is a weeklong camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, that helps middle and high school students who are blind or who have low vision to learn about space and space-related technology. The students experience simulated space missions using equipment that is adapted with Braille and large print, and computer programs that convert text to speech. Students also build confidence by scaling a 49-foot climbing wall and controlling their movements with a joystick in a "Manned Maneuvering Unit."
To hear more about the program from a SCI-VIS alumnus, listen to the Part 2 story, Anneliese DeVyldere.
For more information about SCI-VIS, please visit www.tsbvi.edu/space.
Featured in this story: Katie Gleckler, high school student and SCI-VIS participant; Dan Oates, SCI-VIS Coordinator; Jasmine Rahseparian, high school student; Cheryl Daniels, teacher at Oklahoma School for the Blind; Deanna Greco, middle school student and SCI-VIS participant; and Phyllis Greco, mother of SCI-VIS participant.