Astronomy for the visually impaired and blind

Nikos Nerantzis (Greece)

Carol Christian (STScI) and Tom Madura (SJSU)

Brief Introduction

I was first introduced to Astronomy for the Visually Impaired and Blind (AVIB) in a special session held at the 2018 Vienna meeting of the International Astronomical Union.  My friend and flight instructor, the dynamic and tireless astronomer Carol Christian  presented her work, and introduced me to Tom Madura and Nikos Nerantzis, who also lead efforts to teach astronomy to the blind.  In December 2018 I invited Tom to visit the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department to speak about teaching astronomy to the visually impaired and blind.

Goals for 2023-2024

  • Assemble a list of Bay Area scientists and educators interested in AVIB.   Send me an email if you would like to be included in an email list.
  • Conduct an Astronomy Department Astro Party for the visually impaired and blind, with training material for the presenter(s)
  • Determine the key diagrams needed in teaching astronomy, planetary science, cosmology, instrumentation, astrobiology and SETI, and determine which have yet to be converted into a resource for the blind.


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