This study aims to examine the inclusion of students with blind and visual impairments (BVI) in science laboratory classrooms. The seven criteria for learning assessment tools were employed to determine the preparedness of science laboratory instructors. The seven criteria for student learning include 1. BVI students' safety and active participation in the lab, 2. BVI student engagement, 3. creating an inclusive environment for BVI students, 4. the ability of BVI students to contribute to group activities, 5. demonstrating required skills, 6. meeting all academic requirements and 7. acquiring equivalent knowledge as sighted students. The result showed that more than 60% of instructors agree that BVI students can meet all seven criteria of student learning in a science laboratory classroom. Therefore, the study's result encourages science instructors to adopt a universal design for learning curriculum within their science laboratory classrooms.
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Thesis advisor: MacKinnon, Allan
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