I’d like to volunteer

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the form below, and we'll let you know as soon as IRIS is ready. Beta testing is currently suspended while we work on an update to IRIS, based on feedback from our volunteers world wide.

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I’m visually impaired

If you are visually impaired, or supporting someone who is visually impaired, please contact us to express interest in trying IRIS. We will get back to you in a one-to-one bases, sign you up for the beta test and offer you the chance to shape IRIS with us.

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What we do
Our aim is to bring easy access of visual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) data to Blind and Visually Impaired Students. We believe that scientific data of all forms should be accessible to anyone.

Our Projects
We are developing an iOS app which will give users access to a network of volunteers with STEM knowledge, who can quickly identify and describe visual resources for them. We are also working on a device which will act as a kind of interactive braille tablet, allowing BVI users to access visual data through touch and sound.
IRIS app logo - a rainbow coloured iris with the greek letter gamma overlayed on it in white


We are developing a web app, available across all online platforms, making use of a network of researchers, programmers and other scientifically minded people, passionate about making sure nobody gets left in the dark.

Consultancy and training

We know how difficult it is to find support when it comes to making scientific learning and teaching content accessible. In addition to our other services, we wish to offer practical help with tackling science classes with ease.

Tactile Graphics Display

Tactile Graphics Display

The Grapheel R&D scheme focuses on the development of an electronic, refreshable, Tactile Graphics Display (TGD) model. The device will allow touch interaction with visual data using taxels, or tactile pixels.

What our Community Says

I do enjoy IRIS, of course it satisfies the human desire to feel helpful which makes me very happy to help others but I also like that it forces me to stop and think about what I am seeing. This both gives me a kind of mindfulness feeling but also helps me practice giving attention to small details, and I hope in time this will make me into some kind of super skilled graph expert.

Kathryn Burrows

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