Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

ISLAND 2017 Conference

Dr. Min at ISLAND 2016The 8th annual ISLAND (Independence Science, Learning a New Direction) conference will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Kurz Purdue Technology Center. 1281 Win Henschel Blvd in West Lafayette, Indiana 47906. The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with continental breakfast and conclude by 5 p.m. Early bird registration will be available through September 1, 2017. 

Come learn about innovative research that seeks to integrate persons with disabilities into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study from Purdue Faculty. The conference will also include current professionals from the field that will present Enrichment programs and other research they are currently engaged in promoting access to technology in the STEM Education Industry. Network with these Twenty-First Century innovators who are promoting inclusion and equity in STEM opportunities.

Presentations are estimated to be 30 minutes in length with time for discussion following each presentation.

The following presentations are scheduled for the 2017 IsLAND Conference Program:
  • Isaac Beavers: The Career Force Awakens/ STEM Project for Deaf through NTID AND AIDB
  • Rosanne Hoffmann:  SALS Redux: A Submersible Audible Light Sensor that Connects to Smart Devices with a Downloadable App
  • Ken Perry:  Touching Science with the Graffiti Tablet
  • Bradley Duerstock:  Greater Inclusion of Persons with Low Vision in Veterinary Medicine
  • Jason White:  Achieving Greater Mathematics and Science Accessibility through Development of Technological Standards
  • Mike Kolitsky:  3d Printer and Swell Paper Audio-Enriched Tactile Templates Expand Access to Images from Microscopes and Human Anatomy Sections
  • Dave Schleppenback:  Access Technologies in Stem Education for the Twenty-First Century


Registration and more information

Event Date: 

Sep 15, 2017