The Maricopa Community Colleges Create Accessible Biology Lab for Blind Students

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 24, 2020 – The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is pleased to announce that Mesa Community College (MCC) professor Brad Jacobson has created an accessible biology lab to better serve students who are blind or have low vision. Amid COVID-19 and virtual learning, Jacobson noticed the need for more effective options for students who are blind and created accessible programming to provide the most inclusive learning environment for all of his students.

With the help of many others, Jacobson designed and implemented alternative activities to give students who are blind a full biology experience. He presented his challenges and successes to the Life Science department, demonstrating to many faculty members that creating alternative options can be possible. The course, Bio100: Biology Concepts, is now fully equipped to serve any and all students regardless of ability, and advisors are able to steer all students needing a lab science credit to this course.

As a result of his strides in inclusive education, Jacobson earned one of the Outstanding Adjunct of the Year awards from MCC. To learn more about Jacobson and his accessible course, watch this video.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

About The Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.