Astronomy

I am a person with impaired eyesight or Leal Blindness who enjoys Astronomy.     For me, it’s not so much about seeing but in thinking to understand. There is so much good and helpful information online to review and talk about. I have learnt much from listening to people who can see the sky.   My local Astronomy Club ‘Horowhenua Astronomical Societyhas welcomed me to meetings and gatherings. Members make time to help me understand the multiple wonders of space and beyond. 

This web site has uplifted content from the Google Site I published at https://sites.google.com/site/viewablesky/    It is understood Google may be discontinuing their free web site service.   

The International Astronomical Union has taken a lead in helping people with disabilities to access Astronomy and our wonderful ever-expanding universe. The International Astronomical Union has a Working Group on ”Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion”. Through this group, astronomers (both sighted and visually impaired astronomers) are developing methods and resources to facilitate access to astronomical information “for people with special educational or physical needs, or those who might be excluded for their particular race or gender.” Their resources are available at http://sion.frm.utn.edu.ar/iau-inclusion/?page_id=27

The IAU office has funded projects for visually impaired persons, one of which resulted in the creation of an Astronomical kit for the visually impaired. More information on the kit is at http://astrokit.uv.es/ These resources can be downloaded from the site.

I have found Youtube has a number of good tutorial videos. Here is one I have enjoyed