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Concord, NH-- The McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center will feature “You Can Do Astronomy”, a presentation by Noreen Grice, on Friday August 2nd at 7 p.m. for its August Super Stellar Friday. Every first Friday of the month, the Discovery Center is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with special programs, a planetarium show, and stargazing (weather permitting) with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.

Grice is the founder of You Can Do Astronomy LLC, an accessibility design and consulting company with a focus on making astronomy and space science accessible to people through universal design. Grice’s talk will primarily center on how to make astronomy more accessible to people with visual impairments. She will include additional topics from her newest book, Everyone’s Universe: A Guide to Accessible Astronomy Places, which touches on all aspects of making science museums, planetariums and observatories more accessible to all people with disabilities. Astronomy-4251796_960_720

 Noreen Grice recalls the first time she encountered accessibility needs and her desire to fill that need:

“In 1984, a group of blind students opened my eyes to the need for accessibility in science education. The planetarium show I presented, and they attended, was not accessible because the images were projected on the ceiling overhead. They told me the show "stunk" and it got me thinking -- why can't astronomy be accessible for everyone? 

Over thirty years later, I am president of You Can Do Astronomy LLC and author of six published accessible astronomy books. One book is in large print and ebook format and the other five books have text in print and Braille and pictures that are touchable. These books are in the hands of blind and visually impaired readers who use their fingers and mind's-eye to "see" celestial objects and the distant universe, many for the first time.

I believe that people who read visually or by touch can learn together if science education is accessible. I am committed to creating new universally designed books, products and methods to change the way people learn!”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m..The evening’s feature presentation begins at 7 p.m, followed by a planetarium show. Recommended for ages 8 and older. The all-inclusive price for Super-Stellar Fridays is free for members, $11.50 for adults, $10.50 seniors and students and $8.50 for children; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an immersive full dome, all digital planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.