Accessible Science Products

The following is a list of products and materials with photos and descriptions that we have used. We have noted the strengths and limitations. Please remember these are our opinions. Click on the names below to jump to that particular product.


The PenFriend 2 is an upgrade of the older PenFriend 1.  It was designed mainly for use by children and adults with visual impairment for independent living needs.  However, it can be used... Read More
  The Raised-Line Drawing Board produces a negative image meaning that the raised line is on the opposite side of the paper.  It is simple to use and doesn't require any specialized... Read More
Quick Draw paper is convenient for use on the go.  Water-based markers or paintbrushes with water cause the lines of the image created to swell from the paper.  The following description... Read More
This Rubber Pad is a replacement pad for the Swail Dot Inverter, but may be used for other tactile drawing tools.  It is available separately from APH ON QUOTA FUNDS. I am including it... Read More
The Swail Dot Inverter is available on quota funds from APH.  This tool uses a specially made stylus to  invert dots to make images using a series of dots.   The following... Read More
Originally designed for Teachers of the Visually Impaired to produce tactile drawings, the TactiPad can also be a useful tool for a student with visual impairment. The TactiPad includes numerous... Read More
The Sewell EZ Write N Draw Raise Line Drawing Kit with Clip is a clipboard with a hard rubber mat attached. Either aluminum foil paper or polyester paper can be purchased for use with this tool.... Read More
Designed by Ann Cunningham, a botanical illustrator and art teacher at Colorado Center for the Blind, the Sensational Blackboard Mini is an inexpensive accessible tool for those with visual... Read More
The Sensational Blackboard was designed by Ann Cunningham, an award-winning botanical illustrator and art teacher at Colorado Center for the Blind. This product is also available in a miniature... Read More
Please note that Independence Science is offering an upgrade option for a limited time to customers who have already purchased the original Talking LabQuest.  Contact Independence Science for... Read More
The Vernier temperature probe becomes an accessible tool when used with the Talking LabQuest link. It provides very accurate measurement of temperature from  – 40°C to 135°C. The probe is 15.5... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website:   This multi-platform, easily-adjustable board from APH can be used in a variety of learning activities.    Use... Read More
The following is from the Orbit Research site: Specially designed by Orbit Research, based on the popular TI-36X Solar calculator from Texas Instruments Specially designed by Orbit... Read More
The kit includes: The Human Skeleton Poster 2 Sets of Large print/Embossed bone name labels 2 Sets of Large print/ Embossed number labels Skeleton answer key Storage... Read More
This kit was recommended by Clare Scallon, a former Elementary school teacher at TSBVI.    The following description is from the APH website:   Crafty Graphics Kit... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website and gives information on how the Light Box has been recently improved.    When used with unique sets of materials, APH's Light... Read More
The following description is from the APH website: When used with unique sets of materials, APH's Light Box and Mini-Lite Box help develop awareness of light, color, and objects.   APH's... Read More
The Guidebook for the Sense of Science Astronomy Kit is full of detailed activities to use with the tactile graphics that are included with the kit.   Activities incorporate a learning objective... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website A “must have” item to make everyday living easier! Use the built-in eyelet at the top to hang the thermometer within easy reach.  Note:... Read More
Bumpons are clear tactile "bumps" which can be used to mark various surfaces.  They work well on both 3-D models and 2-D raised line drawings.   The set includes various sizes.  The... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website: Tactile Graphics Kit This extensive set of materials allows teachers, transcribers, and mobility instructors to create custom tactile graphics... Read More
The following description is from the Maxi-Aids website: Readings shown on 2-color high definition display Hold button down for voice activation Great for exercise, mountain... Read More
The following description is from the InTact website:   With the inTACT Sketchpad, creating tactile graphics by hand has never been easier. As you draw with a stylus on the tactile... Read More
From the Carolina Biological Supply Co website: Use this greatly enlarged, vibrantly colored model to study the structure of a typical animal cell. Significant structures within the cell are... Read More
From the Carolina Supply Company site: Enlarged view of a typical plant cell as viewed under an electron microscope. Important organelles are shown in raised relief and vibrantly colored. On... Read More
This item is available as a FREE download from APH.  This thorough checklist provides information on necessary items for the student with visual impairment in the science lab and... Read More
The Teacher's Edition for the APH Life Science Tactile Graphics set may be purchased from APH or may be dowloaded as a file and printed. Please see notes below from the APH website: ... Read More
Weigh them or measure them! Brightly colored interlocking plastic cubes each measure one cubic centimeter and weigh one gram. Set includes 1000 cubes in 10 different colors.
The Ruby Handheld magnifier is available in 3 models, as follows: RUBY with U.S. Power Supply Their smallest rechargeable battery-powered handheld video magnifier yet, with powerful... Read More
Accurate Space Shuttle models are 1/200 Scale. The model is handcrafted in resin and hand painted. A stand (pictured) is included. All of the following space shuttles models are... Read More
The tactile Punnett squares are designed for Braille and large print students to complete monohybrid (4-Box) and dihybrid (16-box) crosses. The following description is from the APH website... Read More
This short description is from the Flinn Website: An economy-priced, electric hot plate Durable metal housing with adjustable knob for heat control Not compatible with GFI... Read More
The Topaz is a large CCTV used by our students at TSBVI.  It is available from Freedom Scientific. The following description is from the Freedom Scientific website.   Features... Read More
AVAILABLE WITH QUOTA FUNDS   From the APH Website: Use this extremely popular calculator to gain an academic edge in pre-algebra through calculus, as well as biology,... Read More
AVAILABLE on QUOTA FUNDS!! The following descrition is from the APH website: The genetic code is the set of rules by which information encoded within genetic material (DNA or mRNA sequences) is... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website.  This product is available on Quota Funds. The Large Print Guidebook is a Replacement Item and the Braille Guidebook is an Optional ... Read More
The following information is from the Science for the Blind website: Published by the National Braille Press in large print and braille, the experiments described in volume one of this book are fun... Read More
The following description is from the Maxi-Aids site: Flame retardant Quilted layers for extra safety Protection all the way up the elbow Sturdy for years of use Handy... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website including relevant features: A fully-accessible handheld scientific calculator -- ideal for all students, middle school through college.... Read More
The following information is from the Maxi-Aids website: Set of 12 measuring spoons from 1/64 tsp. to 2 Tbsp Braille and tactile markings on each spoon Measurements shown in tsp./... Read More
The following information is from the Maxi-Aids website: Set of 9 measuring cups from 1/8 to 2 Cups Braille and tactile markings on each cup Measurements shown in cups and... Read More
Maxi-Aids carries a number of talking bathroom scales.  Features vary.  Most of the scales include a large LCD screen as well.  Some will give measurements in both standard and metric... Read More
The following description is from the APH website: This table model is a standard 12-inch political globe covered with a tactile clear plastic overlay. Among the overlay's features are continent... Read More
This text does not appear to be in large scale production, but is sold by APH.  The link indicates that a color Large Print version will be produced upon ordering.   This is part of a... Read More
 Many thanks to Kristen Ryan for her input about this product. The following description is from the Olympus website:  getolympus.com The VN-7200 combines the simplicity of analog... Read More
The following description is from the NSTA website:   Before your students can discover accurate science, you need to uncover the preconceptions they already have.... Read More
The following is from the APH Website: Basic Science Tactile Graphics Vacuum-formed raised-line drawings are intended to supplement, not replace, the graphics in a student’s adapted... Read More
The following description is from the bindependent site.   With its full-day timing range and great precision, the Talking Timer can handle most any timing task, from baking a cake to... Read More
This description is from the APH Website:   These sheets have thick unit lines and thinner sub-unit lines. Sold in packages of 100. 1-04067-00:  0.5 inch Squares, 19 x 20... Read More
The following description is from the APH Website:   Bold-Line Tactile Graph Sheets combine tactile and print, which expand APH's graph sheet collection previously available only in... Read More

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