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3D printing is the key to inclusive learning for students with blindness or low vision


After two and a half years of research and development by the Department of Education, schools can access a growing library of 3D files relevant to the curriculum, for printing on their own 3D printer or a device borrowed from the Department.

Education and Early Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said these learning resources, such as tactile balls or human brain components, are the world’s leading examples of inclusive education.

“This is an incredible and innovative work by our inclusion professionals,” Ms. Mitchell said.

“3D prints of human anatomy can facilitate the study of biology for visually impaired students who would traditionally use simpler terrain line diagrams to help understand the course.”

To complement this new learning innovation, the Department has also commissioned various studies on best practices of inclusive education and learning outcomes for students with disabilities.

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