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8.7. Barrier Free Education

While the goal of any educator is to teach to all, students with disabilities often face many significant barriers to proper Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Teachers can help by understanding and implementing appropriate accommodations for curricula and for classroom and laboratory environments. As is often the case, however, educators may not understand the need for accommodations in STEM for students or how to make the proper accommodations to allow equal access to education. This problem is particularly evident in high schools, where STEM teachers may have insufficient knowledge about special education.

The goal of the Barrier-Free Education Project is to provide training and resources available to teachers anytime, anywhere. This website will be a home for problems and solutions, with links to accommodations and resources aimed at helping teachers provide an improved educational experience for all of their students.

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