Veterans with disabilities who are interested in postsecondary education are encouraged to join DO-IT projects that support their pursuit of college and careers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Veterans with disabilities may find participation in AccessSTEM and AccessComputing worthwhile.
AccessSTEM is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant # HRD-0227995 and HRD-0833504) and serves to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM academic programs and careers.
Resources for Student Veterans
Veterans with disabilities can join the AccessSTEM Team for students with disabilities pursuing STEM who would like to gain experience through paid internships and work-related opportunities. They also receive advice and resources project staff and online mentors.
Resources for Educators and Employers
The AccessSTEM website is a space where educators and employers learn to make classroom and employment opportunities in STEM accessible to individuals with disabilities, and share promising practices. Their efforts can help all students succeed in STEM courses and, those with aptitude and interest, reach critical junctures on a path toward college studies and careers in STEM fields. Consult the AccessSTEM/AccessComputing/DO-IT Longitudinal Transition Study for data and analysis from a study that tracks the progress of students with disabilities through junctures that lead to STEM degrees and careers.
Think Tank: Serving Veterans with Disabilities
The Think Tank: Serving Veterans with Disabilities was hosted by the DO-IT Center to identify ways existing programs can collaborate to improve veterans' access to post-deployment training, education, and careers.
The goal of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing), funded by the National Science Foundation (grant # CNS-0540615 and CNS-0837508) is to increase the participation of people with disabilities, including veterans, in computing and IT fields.
AccessComputing collaborators apply evidence-based practices to
- increase the number of students with disabilities successfully pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees and careers in computing fields.
- increase the capacity of postsecondary computing departments to fully include students with disabilities in computing courses and programs.
- create a nationwide resource to help students with disabilities pursue computing fields and computing educators and employers, professional organizations, and other stakeholders develop more inclusive programs and share effective practices, including promising practices nationwide.
Resources for Student Veterans
The AccessComputing Team is for high school and college students with disabilities interested in computing careers who would like to gain experience through paid internships and work-related opportunities.
The AccessComputing Veterans Community of Practice (CoP) is designed for veteran stakeholder groups (veterans with disabilities, service providers, and volunteer mentors) to share best practices for serving veterans with disabilities and their families. Members communicate online. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, position/title, institution, postal address, email address, and express your interest in joining the Veterans CoP.
Resources for Educators
AccessComputing: Building Capacity for Veterans with Disabilities
The AccessComputing: Building Capacity for Veterans with Disabilities CBI took place February 10-13, 2009, in Seattle. Its overall purpose was to explore ways to increase the participation and success of veterans with disabilities in computing and information technology postsecondary studies and careers. Participants in this two-and-one-half day event included student services leaders, administrators, and teaching faculty from institutions around the county. The CBI provided a forum for comparing recruitment and access challenges, sharing successful practices, developing collaborations, and identifying systemic change initiatives for increasing the capacity of institutions to serve veterans with disabilities.