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STEM Access for People with Disabilities
AccessSTEM, sponsored by DO-IT at the University of Washington, promotes:
- the full inclusion of people with disabilities in academic programs and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- the availability of accessible technology for STEM students and employees with disabilities.
- the application of universal design in the development of technology, information resources, programs, services, and STEM curricula.
AccessSTEM is a central resource for publications, tutorials, training materials, videos, online Knowledge Base, and web-based learning environments for specific audiences. Below are highlights of these rich resources for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, students and employees with disabilities, and their advocates.
AccessSTEM Website and Knowledge Base
You can link to AccessSTEM from the DO-IT home page at http://www.washington.edu/doit/. The AccessSTEM searchable Knowledge Base includes questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices regarding universal design of instruction and information technology; strategies for making STEM curricula, classes, labs, and careers accessible; and assistive technology for people with disabilities.
AccessSTEM Publications, Videos, and Training Materials
Permission is granted to reproduce DO-IT videos and publications for educational, noncommercial purposes as long as the source is acknowledged. They can be located by selecting "publications and videos" at http://www.washington.edu/doit/.
Free publications include the following:
- Academic Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities
- Academic Accommodations for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities
- An Accommodation Model
- Disability-Related Resources on the Internet
- Equal Access: Science and Students with Sensory Impairments *
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Computer Labs *
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Conference Exhibits and Presentations
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Instruction *
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Professional Organizations
- Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Project
- Glossary of Disability-Related Terms
- Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities
- Universal Design in Education: Principles, Practices, and Applications
- Universal Design of Instruction: Definition, Principles, and Examples
- Universal Design of Web Pages in Class Projects
- Universal Design: Principles, Process, and Applications
- Web Accessibility: Guidelines for Administrators
- The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science *
- Working Together: Computers and People with Learning Disabilities *
- Working Together: Computers and People with Mobility Impairments *
- Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments *
- Working Together: Faculty and Students with Disabilities *
- Working Together: K-12 Teachers and Students with Disabilities
- Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology *
- Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities *
Video presentations to complement the publications marked above with a * are available from DO-IT. Streaming videos are on the website. Downloadable versions of videos to play from your computer may be obtained without charge by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Video titles may be viewed and ordered in DVD format at http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/. DVD collections come with handouts that summarize content and point to related resources. All videos are open-captioned for those with hearing impairments and audio-described versions are provided for those who are blind.
Comprehensive materials for individual instruction or for delivery of presentations include Making Math, Science, and Technology Instruction Accessible to Students with Disabilities — A RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS AND TEACHER EDUCATORS.
AccessSTEM collaborates with other NSF-funded alliances supported by the Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science Foundation. These alliances serve to increase the participation and achievement of people with disabilities in STEM.
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.
To order free publications or newsletters use the DO-IT Publications Order Form; to order videos and training materials use the Videos, Books and Comprehensive Training Materials Order Form.
For further information, to be placed on the DO-IT mailing list, request materials in an alternate format, or to make comments or suggestions about DO-IT publications or web pages contact:DO-IT
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane
Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under the AccessSTEM project (award #HRD-0227995 and #HRD-0833504). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect views of the National Science Foundation.
Copyright © 2009, 2007, 2006, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy these materials for educational, noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.