AccessSTEM Website and Searchable Knowledge Base
The AccessSTEM website is a space where K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, and employers learn to make classroom and employment opportunities in STEM accessible to individuals with disabilities. It includes six primary areas.
- Universal Design
Strategies for creating academic environments that maximize the learning of students with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
- Accommodation Strategies
How educators and employers can assure access to academic and employment opportunities in STEM for individuals with disabilities.
- Rights and Responsibilities
The rights and responsibilities of educators, student support staff, and students with disabilities.
Resources to help instructors more fully include students with disabilities in course activities.
Streaming video presentations with accompanying publications that share strategies for working with students with disabilities in mathematics and science classes.
- Searchable Knowledge Base
A searchable database of frequently asked questions, case studies, and promising practices related to how educators and employers can fully include students with disabilities in STEM activities.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to propose questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices. In particular, the promising practices articles serve to spread the word about practices that show evidence of improving the participation of people with disabilities in STEM. The Knowledge Base is an excellent resource for ideas that can be implemented in other programs. Contributions and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of Knowledge Base questions include the following:
- What lab safety issues need to be considered for a student who is deaf? Who has a visual impairment? Who has a mobility impairment?
- Where can I find vendors who specialize in assistive technology and materials for science laboratories?
- Do fume hoods exist that are accessible to people with mobility impairments?
- How can I help a student who is blind or has low vision make measurements in a science lab?
- How can I help a student record and analyze data in a science lab?
Examples of Knowledge Base case study and promising practice titles include the following: