Collaborating with CLASS: Creating Laboratory Access for Science Students with Disabilities

Mary Ellen Bargerhuff , Susan A. Kirch , Michele Wheatley


A description of an innovative project designed to address the problem of inequitable access of students with disabilities in grades 7-16, to science laboratory and field experiences is provided. The CLASS Project, funded by two successive National Science Foundation grants, began as a response by science faculty at Wright State University to the needs of their students with physical disabilities. It has evolved into a nationally known and recognized collaborative program that trains pre- and inservice teachers and teacher educators how to accommodate students' individual needs while using effective pedagogical and methodological techniques to teach science curriculum that meets National Science Education Standards. The CLASS Project mission, objectives, procedures, products, and future opportunities for teachers and students are explained.


Science; Education; Collaboration; Laboratory; Disabiities

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