Reviewed by Allen Henderson
Assistant Professor of Education
One of the toughest jobs for teachers is to put ourselves into the shoes of our students. In Everyone’s Universe, Noreen Grice has broadened my focus to make me more aware of some of the special needs of my students. This book is a comprehensive guide to assist educators in making astronomy accessible to students with special needs.
In the first part of the book, the author draws upon her experiences in working in the planetarium field for more than 25 years. Practical advice and suggestions are given, and individual chapters are dedicated for working with those who have limited mobility, visual disorders, invisible and neurological disorders, and hearing impairments. There is also a chapter on augmentative and alternative communication and one on dealing with service animals.
The second part of the book contains a state by state guide to accessible astronomy places. Detailed information is provided for sites located in 41 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.This section of the book could serve teachers as they are planning trips to planetariums and observatories, and it could also aid those who run such sites, making them more aware of the needs of their patrons. Noreen Grice gives practical advice to teachers and astronomers for making the study of the universe more available to persons with disabilities. This second edition of the book is available in large print and is very comprehensive (twice as long as the previous edition.) This book is highly recommended. More information regarding the author’s work can be found at www.youcandoastronomy.com.
Review posted on 9/14/2012