Students with Disabilities
Hands-on science is a powerful medium for bringing all students
together. The subject matter is universally interesting, and the
joy and satisfaction of discovery are shared by everyone. Active
science by itself provides part of the solution to full inclusion;
carefully planned curriculum provides the rest.
The FOSS program has been designed to maximize the science learning
opportunities for students with disabilities and students from culturally
and linguistically diverse origins. FOSS is rooted in a 20-year
tradition of multisensory science education. Many of the procedures
found to be effective with students with disabilities have been
incorporated into the materials and procedures used with all students.
For example, the FOSS balance and tactile syringe were designed
for students with visual impairments, but these tools proved to
be effective with students with other disabilities and, indeed,
with all students. In some cases special equipment, such as a braille
and large-print thermometer, meter tape, or graduated cylinder,
may be needed to provide full access to the science experiences
for students with visual and physical disabilities. These special
items can be ordered through the Lawrence Hall of Science, SAVI/SELPH
program, and used in the FOSS activities.