March-April 2021: Including Individuals with Disabilities in STEM Courses, Research, and Careers

Students with disabilities face attitudinal, physical and technological barriers when trying to engage STEM academic and career fields. This month we will explore projects that are attempting to break down those barriers to make STEM fields more welcoming and accessible to all students. View Synthesis Brief

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March Webinar Panel: Including individuals with Disabilities in STEM Courses, Research, and Careers

Recorded: Mar 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Description: The webinar will bring together four leaders who will share promising practices in their sustained projects that help make STEM fields more welcoming and accessible to students with disabilities.

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    Richard Ladner

    March 24, 2021 | 06:10 p.m.

    I hope everyone enjoyed the panel today and learned from our them about ways to include and empower students with disabilities in STEM Fields.   If you have any questions for me or the panelists, just comments of any kind please post them to the discussion. 

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Author(s): Alliance for Access to Computing Careers, Univ of Washington

The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) helps students with disabilities successfully pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in computing fields, and works to increase the capacity of postsecondary institutions and other organizations to fully include students with disabilities in computing courses and programs.

Author(s): PhET Interactive Simulations

Through inclusive design approaches, we are creating accessible interactive simulations that allow students to experience science and mathematical practices in new ways. In the process, we are tackling core challenges in software development, assistive technology, and science education.

Author(s): DO-IT
Publication: DO-IT, Univ of Washington

The AccessCyberlearning initiative fosters synergistic and lasting relationships among researchers, technology developers, and instructors to promote more inclusive online learning.

Author(s): DO-IT
Publication: DO-IT, Univ of Washington

The Center for Universal Design in Education (CUDE) develops and collects resources to help educators apply universal design (UD) in order to make all aspects of the educational experience welcoming to, usable by, and inclusive of everyone, including people with disabilities.

Author(s): DO-IT Center
Publication: DO-IT, University of Washington

The DO-IT Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.

Author(s): National Science Board (NSB)
Publication: YouTube

NSB grants its Public Service Award to individuals and groups that have contributed substantially to increasing public understanding of science and engineering. Dr. Richard Ladner has demonstrated exemplary science communication and diversity advocacy throughout his career and has been called the “conscience of computing.” His research focuses on developing tools to make technology more accessible to those with disabilities. This video showcases and celebrates his work.

Author(s): Sarah Haavind and Michelle Murtha
Publication: The Science Teacher, NSTA (Jul 2020)

This blog post features the article, Accessible Physics for All (linked to in the blog), and provides a direct link to the teacher's accommodations. “Accessible physics for all” highlights the accommodations that scaffolded student learning with technology-based physics activities and independent experimentation investigating force and motion.