Agenda

Tuesday

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening Social and Time to Get Acquainted

Wednesday

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast & Networking

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Welcome
Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington

Introductions
Students with disabilities share STEM access perspectives in video Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities.
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/wt_sci.html)

9:50 - 10:30 p.m.
Pursuit of a STEM Career: A Personal Story
Dr. Imke Durre, Scientist, National Climatic Data Center

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Broadening Participation in STEM
Dr. Mark Leddy, National Science Foundation

11:15 - 11:55 a.m.
Access Barriers, Solutions—Accommodations and Universal Design
Teachers and students share ideas for assuring access to STEM courses for students with disabilities in video The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.
(Online video and handouts: http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/winequ.html)

11:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Introduction to Small-Group Discussion Format

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Working Group Discussions
Question 1: How are STEM access issues for people with disabilities the same as those for other underrepresented groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, women)? How are they different?

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Question 1: Each group shares one way STEM access issues for people with disabilities are (1) the same as and (2) different from those for other underrepresented groups (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, women).

1:50 - 2:45 p.m.
Discover Accommodation and Universal Design Strategies for a Hands-on Science Activity
Valerie Sundby, Project Coordinators, AccessSTEM
Lyla Crawford, Project Coordinators, AccessSTEM

Activity
Educators share universal design instructional strategies in video Universal Design of Instruction: Definition, Principles, and Examples.
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/ea_udi.html)

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Break

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Critical Junctures Panel
Projects to increase participation of people with disabilities in STEM share experiences and insights.

3:50 - 4:30 p.m.
Working Group Discussions
Question 2: In what ways does making STEM activities accessible to students with disabilities benefit other students?

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Question 2: Each group shares one way making STEM activities accessible to students with disabilities benefits other students.

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Preview of Tonight's Activity and Tomorrow's Agenda, Daily Feedback

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dinner, Network and Discuss Future Collaborations
Meet Dr. Paul Miller, Professor of Law and Director, UW Disability Studies

Thursday

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast, Networking, Discussion

9:00 a.m.
Overview of Agenda

9:10 - 10:25 a.m.
Panel
Projects that increase the participation of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM share lessons learned in broadening participation in STEM. How can those lessons be applied to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM?

10:25 - 10:40 a.m.
Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Experiences of Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities share transition strategies in video Taking Charge II: Stories of Success and Self-Determination.
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/charge_2.html)

Panel
People with disabilities who are also racial/ethnic minorities or women share their stories. With what communities do they identify? What promotes and what inhibits the pursuit of STEM courses and careers?

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Working Group Discussions
Question 3: What can STEM projects do to increase the participation of students with disabilities?

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Working Group Reports
Question 3: Each group shares two things STEM projects can do to increase the participation of people who have disabilities.

1:50 - 2:30 p.m.
Information Technology Access Barriers and Solutions: Assistive Technology and Universal Design
Students demonstrate assistive technology in video Computer Access: In Our Own Words.
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/comp_acc.html)

Accessible Web Design
Terry Thompson, Technology Specialist, AccessSTEM
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/www.html, www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/web_admin.html)

2:30 - 3:05 p.m.
Science Lab Access Barriers and Solutions: Accommodations and Universal Design
Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Southern Maine
(Online video and handouts: www.washington.edu/doit/Video/ea_sci_sensory.html)

3:05 - 3:15 p.m.
Video View
STEM students with sensory impairments and educators share experiences in video Equal Access: Science and Students with Sensory Impairments.
(Online handout: www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Academics/equal_access_sci.html)

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Break

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Working Group Discussions
Question 4: How can projects best measure the outcomes and impacts of their interventions to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities, women, and people with disabilities in STEM?

4:30 - 4:55 a.m.
Working Group Reports
Question 4: Each group shares one way to measure the increase of minorities, women, and people with disabilities in STEM. 

4:55 - 5:00 p.m.
Preview of Tomorrow's Agenda, Daily Feedback

5:00 p.m.
Adjourn

5:00 p.m. - Onward
Dinner on Your Own
Explore Seattle cuisine.

Friday

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.
Buffet Breakfast, Networking, Discussion

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Making Your Project Accessible to Participants with Disabilities: A Checklist
Activity: Begin personal plan for implementation.
In Equal Access: Universal Design of Your Project, cross out items that do not apply and put implementation date for others.
(Online handout: www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Programs/design.html)

Discussion
How can the checklist be adapted for use in NSF STEM projects?

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Break

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Communication within Communities of Practice (CoP) AccessSTEM Minigrants
For members of CoPs to increase participation of people with disabilities in STEM; format of proposal distributed on CoP lists.Up to $4,000 for AT; conference fees; refreshments, room rental, travel/honorarium costs for speakers, panelists at local/regional Capacity-Building Institute or presentation. Recipients must report outcomes of projects.

Discussion

  • What can we do as a group to promote access to STEM for people with disabilities?
  • Publish proceedings?
  • Create a publication to help other projects make their activities and resources accessible?
  • Publish an article in the Review of Disability Studies and/or other journals?
  • Deliver a presentation or poster at NSF's Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) and/or other meetings?

11:45 a.m.
CBI Evaluation
Lunch and further discussion

Have a safe trip home!

Visit the AccessSTEM website, including a Knowledge Base of Q&As, case studies, and promising practices, at www.washington.edu/doit/Stem.