Overview of the project

Project leader: Jasmin Evans, jevans7@uclan.ac.uk
Project location: United Kingdom

Project Description:

This project aims to break down the barriers between science and disability, be that hearing, sight or physical impairment. Astronomy is perceived by many to be a purely visual medium, and this project aims to challenge that by utilizing materials aimed at all of the senses.

The “Touching Space” initiative will introduce the wonders of our Universe via a range of sensory items, such as meteorites, tactile display boards, braille books, auditory media and even smell. These items, which will integrate with software developed with accessibility in mind, are designed to allow people with a wide range of disabilities to experience space in a way never envisaged before. The project will aim to produce items suitable for wide range of ages, from primary school children through to adults with learning difficulties