The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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STEM Access for People with Disabilities

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"An excellent website of comprehensive resources that any instructor can have access to 24 hours a day!"

"I want to personally thank DOIT for all the timely and helpful information that you have and share with us. You make our job as service providers very easy to do."
Learning Center Director

"Your materials are excellent, and we would very much like to use them in training and awareness programs for our faculty."
Academic Instructional Communication Specialist

"I thought a career in computer science was not an option for me, but with support from the disabled student services office I'm finishing my AA degree and I want to complete a BA program."
Student with a disability

AccessSTEM, sponsored by DO-IT at the University of Washington, promotes:

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 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

Free publications include the following:

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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 Video titles may be viewed and ordered in DVD format at 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.

Other Alliances

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.

[Map of the regional alliances, follow link for a more details.]

About DO-IT

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:

University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
888-972-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
206-221-4171 (fax)
509-328-9331 (voice/TTY) Spokane

Founder and Director: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

DO-IT Funding and Partners

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.