REF 2021 Impact Case Study: Tactile Universe - Engaging the Visually Impaired Community with Astrophysics Research


Description of impact

The Tactile Universe project makes current University of Portsmouth astrophysics research accessible to people with vision impairments (VI). Since its inception in 2016, the Tactile Universe has reached more than 9,000 members of the public, school children aged 6 to 16, and education and outreach professionals across the world, including over 350 with VI. Participation in Tactile Universe activities has increased interest and engagement in astrophysics amongst VI school pupils, making them feel both included and inspired. Educators across the UK have been trained to use the Tactile Universe resources, increasing their confidence when working with VI people and empowering them to change their science communication practice to be more inclusive.
Impact statusOpen
Impact date2016


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