15025649 1867890930099055 6728064164134381287 oFor Global Astronomy Month (GAM) 2017, Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) are teaming up with the IAU Working Group Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion and have compiled a list of thirty resources to be highlighted during April.

People with special needs are often overlooked when planning outreach and educational activities and remain a group still frequently excluded from events. The thirty resources highlighted are a free, open source collection intended to support and facilitate the implementation of activities for people with disabilities. The selected best practices, programs, examples of activities, resources and activities guidelines are dedicated to helping outreach and education groups that aim to reach these particular audiences but need more support for doing it.

This collaboration between IAU WG and AWB also intends to be a call for action, to everyone that wishes to implement these activities and wants to know more about how to create and implement resources for people with disabilities. If you want to implement an activity inspired by one of these resources or needs help how to start contact us (Amelia Ortiz-Gil and Lina Canas) and share your ideas, questions and also your experiences with our teams. 

We will be highlighting one of these resources every day here, below, and also on our GAM Facebook page and the IAU Working Group Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion Facebook page. The complete list of resources is also available.

April 15 By Rama - Own work NASA_TV.png , CC BY-SA 2.0 fr , Link The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS Live Webcam and the Online NASA TV Channel can be an amazing experience when shared on a large screen to different audiences.

April 14 Being a part of global project provides a sense of belonging to vast community and empowers the users as to contribute in active meaningful ways. The problem of light pollution and the loss of our true night sky and contributing to these vast campaigns is a good way to engage different kinds of audiences. A good example of these activities are the “ Globe at Night Activity Guide ” and “ How Light Pollution Affects the Stars: Magnitude Readers ”.

April 13 Build a timeline to discover the relative ages of the Universe, the solar system and the human evolution, on the scale of a year. Participants can investigate how old the universe is and when important events took place in the Universe and on Earth as they draw the universe timeline from the beginning until today on the scale of a year. This activity has been adopted by Space Awareness and now there is the Spanish, Romanian and French versions available as well.

April 12 Here you can find good examples of adaptive solutions for telescope observing sessions that will give you new and different ideas about how to make accommodations to overcome some physical barriers to observing.

April 11 There are many ready-to-print 3D models around the web that you will certainly find useful and fitting to your activities with all kinds off audiences. From space exploration in NASA's repository , to the more general 3D Warehouse , to a comprehensive astronomy oriented 3D repository on the IAU Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion website, they will allow you to cover many different topics in Astronomy by touching the ‘untouchable'.