Increasing the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields
Activities for Students with Disabilities
AccessComputing helps students with disabilities pursue degrees and careers in computing fields.
- AccessComputing Team
students nationwide including high school, college, and graduate students, including veterans, with disabilities engage with each other and with mentors and participate in internships and other opportunities
- Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing
deaf and hard of hearing students who are interested in computing careers engage in a 9-week summer program on the campus of the University of Washington
- Online Student Lounge & Veterans Center
comprehensive websites to help students with disabilities prepare for & succeed in college and careers
Activities for Faculty, Staff, and Employers
AccessComputing builds the capacity of faculty, staff, computing departments, employers and professional organizations to fully include students with disabilities.
- Online Communities of Practice
where faculty and other professionals discuss strategies and share resources for promoting the participation of people with disabilities in computing
funds for activities to support the project goal
- Capacity-Building Institutes and Training
on campuses and at conferences
AccessComputing shares resources.
- Searchable Knowledge Base of questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices
- Guidelines for making computing instruction and departmental services welcoming and accessible to students with disabilities
- Proceedings of capacity-building institutes exploring issues related to students with disabilities and computing fields
- Videos of students with disabilities including veterans, pursuing computing careers and of accessibility guidelines
Impact of Our Work
AccessComputing outcomes benefit society by
- making computing opportunities available to more citizens and
- enhancing computing fields with the perspectives of people with disabilities.
Predicted growth of careers 2008-18
|Social Scientist & related||8.8%|
|Drafters, Engineering, and Mapping Technicians||3.9%|
|Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians||3.3%|
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Monthly Labor Review, November 2009
AccessComputing engages with more than thirty postsecondary institutions & other organizations
AccessComputing is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance program of the Directorate for Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering (Grant #CNS-0540615, #CNS-0837508, &