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ERIC Number: ED506543
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
AccessSTEM: Building Capacity to Include Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields
A series of activities were undertaken to understand the underrepresentation and increase the participation of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. These activities were funded by the Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). They were coordinated by the Northwest Alliance for Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics ("AccessSTEM"), which is directed by Sheryl Burgstahler. "AccessSTEM" collaborated with three other Regional Alliances for Persons with Disabilities (RADs) to: (1) conduct a "Capacity-Building Institute (CBI)"; (2) share results of the "CBI" with NSF projects and other stakeholders; (3) provide an electronic forum to continue discussion of accessibility issues and provide support for accessibility efforts; and (4) extend resources to other programs and promising practices via an online searchable Knowledge Base. "AccessSTEM," a project of DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) at the University of Washington in Seattle, serves to broaden participation in STEM fields through the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. The "AccessSTEM Capacity-Building Institute (CBI)" took place January 10-12, 2007, in Seattle. Its overall purpose was to explore ways to increase the participation of people with disabilities in all STEM projects and, ultimately, in careers. Participants in this two-and-one-half day event included leaders of NSF projects that promote the participation of women, racial/ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Hosted by the University of Washington, the "AccessSTEM CBI" provided a forum for comparing recruitment and access challenges, sharing successful practices, developing collaborations, and otherwise increasing the capacity of all NSF-funded projects to serve individuals with disabilities. The ultimate goal of the "AccessSTEM CBI" was to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities, particularly those who are also members of other underrepresented groups, in STEM fields. The agenda for the "CBI," which includes web addresses for the event handouts, and reports from the "CBI" discussion groups are presented. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, DO-IT
Identifiers - Location: Washington