Imagine a world where you are socially or academically excluded because of your physical abilities. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many students with disabilities in science classrooms today. In fact, it has become so common that many students, despite their continued interest, avoid science all together. A recent opportunity was presented to six students with mobility impairments that would place them into a mysterious environment of natural scientific processes, commonly inaccessible to many because of physical limitations and their personal fears of the unknown. Personal, physical and social barriers were managed in order to descend six students, who would not accept being told they couldn’t participate, into Mammoth Cave. Together, they accomplished something amazing, and continue to be involved in the research and development of an interactive simulation that will offer innovative scientific exploration of Mammoth Cave National Park to everyone, regardless of their physical abilities.
For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Chris Atchison.