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ABIL Virtual Tour

A view of the doors to ABIL opening into the laboratory space.

In keeping with our mission, to support the active participation of students with disabilities in biomedical science careers, the Institute for Accessible Science (IAS) has partnered with the Envision Center here at Purdue University to develop new and innovative ways for students with disabilities to gain exposure to laboratory research environments.

The IAS has funded development of a rendering of our Accessible Biomedical Immersion Laboratory, also know as ABIL, which is one of the unique educational spaces located within the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The goal of this virtual tour is to provide you with an opportunity to familiarize yourself with a biomedical research lab designed with accessibility and ease of use in mind. In addition, these laboratory modifications, designed to improve lab safety and research capacity for persons with disabilities, can be used as a blueprint for individuals looking to retrofit or construct a more accessible laboratory space.

Click here to take the virtual tour and experience ABIL for yourself!

The Institute for Accessible Science is also funding continual development of simulated environments based on ABIL that will allow you to customize the laboratory space by manipulating the features and fixtures within the virtual space as well as navigating it from alternate perspectives including wheelchair, low vision, and standing.

Click here to navigate through the simulation from alternate perspectives for a unique research experience.

Future enhancements to this simulation will take it a step further by enabling you to perform laboratory procedures typically utilized in scientific research. We invite you to visit IAShub.org often to learn about new innovations in research laboratory accessibility.