Everyone’s Universe by Noreen Grice

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, June 09, 2011

Have you ever been to a star party and seen someone who is disabled struggle with the ability to enjoy the universe? Do you know someone who would like to have the universe be more accessible to enjoy? If so, astronomy educator Noreen Grice has the book for you. Everyone's Universe: A Guide to Accessible Astronomy Places by Noreen Grice (135 pp., paper, You Can Do Astronomy, New Britain, Connecticut, 2011, $19.95; ISBN 978-0-9833567-0-7) explains how to help everyone see and enjoy the universe.

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Grice has a bachelor's degree in astronomy from Boston University and a master's from San Diego State, and she is a veteran of the planetarium education field. She puts this expertise into play with a guidebook that describes how to make observing friendly for those who are in wheelchairs, are partially sighted or blind, those with communications challenges, the deaf or hard of hearing, or other issues. The book's second half consists of a directory of accessible astronomy places that anyone can certainly enjoy, state by state.

Prior to Grices's book, no such work existed. I encourage you to check it out. It will be invaluable to those facing an accessibility issue, allowing everyone to enjoy the beauty of the sky.

For a link to the book on Amazon.com, see:

http://www.amazon.com/Everyones-Universe-Accessible-Astronomy-Places/dp/098335670X/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305326528&sr=8-5

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