Communities of Practice (CoPs)


The DO-IT Center at the University of Washington hosts members of Communities of Practice (CoPs) for multiple stakeholder groups. Communicating using email and other electronic tools, members of CoPs share perspectives and expertise and identify practices that promote the participation and success of people with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers.

You can join any of the CoPs listed below by sending to doit@uw.edu the name of the CoP(s) you would like to join along with the following information:

CoPs

Accessible Distance Learning CoP

Distance learning program administrators and support staff use the Accessible Distance Learning CoP to increase their knowledge about disabilities and make changes in distance learning that lead to more inclusive practices. Members discuss

Blind and Low Vision CoP

Practitioners who support individuals who are blind or have low vision connect via the Blind and Low Vision CoP. Members include researchers, college educators, high school teachers, schools for the visually impaired, and professional organizations. Members of this CoP

Broadening Participation CoP

Populated with individuals who administer projects that serve to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, members

Computing Faculty, Administrator, and Employer CoP

Computing professionals, faculty, and administrators as well as representatives from industry and professional organizations use the Computing Faculty, Administrator, and Employer CoP to increase their knowledge about disabilities and make changes in computing departments that lead to more inclusive practices. Participants

Deaf and Hard of Hearing CoP

Existing practitioners/ networks that support individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and are interested in increasing the representation of these individuals in computing fields exchange ideas and share resources via the Deaf and Hard of Hearing CoP. It includes researchers, college educators, K-12 school teachers, and representatives of networks of precollege and postsecondary schools for the deaf and hard of hearing, professional organizations, parent groups, and precollege and postsecondary institutions that have special programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Members of this CoP

Disability Services CoP

Comprised of disability service professionals from community and technical colleges, four-year colleges, and universities nationwide, together with their networks of postsecondary and K-12 schools (e.g., affiliates of Association on Higher Education and Disability and parent groups (e.g., affiliates of Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center, members of this CoP

Industry and Career Services CoP

This CoP is populated with employers and career services staff, including those at postsecondary institutions and career organizations. The focus of the CoP is to increase the opportunities and success of people with disabilities in internships and careers, especially those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Specifically, CoP members

Invisible Disabilities CoP

Members of the invisible disabilities CoP explore strategies for increasing the participation of students who have invisible disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome, attention deficits, psychiatric impairments) in computing fields and recruit project participants. Members of this CoP

Mobility/Orthopedic CoP

Members of this CoP explore strategies for increasing the participation of students with mobility or orthopedic impairments in computing and other high tech fields. Members

RDE CoP

This CoP is comprised of representatives from projects that are funded by the Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program of the National Science Foundation. Participants share ideas for collaborating disseminating project results and materials through

STEMed CoP

This CoP is populated with K-12 and postsecondary educators and administrators interested in promoting the success of students with disabilities of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses and careers. Participants

Universal Design in Higher Education CoP

This CoP is comprised of individuals interested in exploring universal design (UD) and its applications in higher education. Participants on this CoP

Veterans CoP

Populated by veterans with disabilities, service providers, and volunteer mentors, members of this CoP