Applied computational chemistry for the blind and visually impaired

Henry B. Wedler, Sarah R. Cohen, Rebecca L. Davis, Jason G. Harrison, Matthew R. Siebert, Dan Willenbring, Christian S. Hamann, Jared T. Shaw, Dean J. Tantillo

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We describe accommodations that we have made to our applied computational-theoretical chemistry laboratory to provide access for blind and visually impaired students interested in independent investigation of structure-function relationships. Our approach utilizes tactile drawings, molecular model kits, existing software, Bash and Perl scripts written in-house, and three-dimensional printing in a process that allows a blind or visually impaired student to satisfy her or his curiosity about structure-function relationships with minimal assistance from sighted co-workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1400-1404
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 9 2012


  • Computational Chemistry
  • Computer-Based Learning
  • Graduate Education/Research
  • Inquiry-Based/Discovery Learning
  • Laboratory Computing/Interfacing
  • Molecular Properties/Structure
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Education


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