Purdue program adapts laboratory for disabled

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An eight-week program at Purdue University is giving students with disabilities the opportunity to conduct research in laboratories adapted for their needs.

Purdue's Institute for Accessible Science has six students enrolled. Their physical issues include difficulties with hearing, sight and mobility, but technology at the institute allows them to conduct research.

Assistant director Susan Mendrysa tells the Journal & Courier that the participants use whatever technology is available to them. The institute also is also working to find gaps in technology to develop needed tools.

Mendrysa says the students' experience with their disabilities often leads them to approach questions differently.

The institute started in 2011.

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