AccessComputing Leadership Institute

Highlights

The AccessComputing Leadership Institute, held November 6-7, 2008, in Seattle, WA brought together leaders and emerging leaders in broadening participation in computing for persons with disabilities. The goals of the Institute were threefold:

The institute featured a series of talks, panels, and discussion forums intended to meet the goals. Talks highlighted successful projects, panels included students with disabilities to help inspire new approaches, and discussion forums enabled small groups to brainstorm about what could be done in the future. There was a mixture of people at the workshop, some with vast experience in this area and other who had just expressed an interest in the area.

    1. Share best practices and develop new ones that will help increase the number and success of persons with disabilities in computing fields.
    2. Share and learn about funding opportunities to bring these practices to the people who need them.
    3. Help develop new leadership in broadening participation in computing for persons with disabilities.

The institute featured a series of talks, panels, and discussion forums intended to meet the goals. Talks highlighted successful projects, panels included students with disabilities to help inspire new approaches, and discussion forums enabled small groups to brainstorm about what could be done in the future. There was a mixture of people at the workshop, some with vast experience in this area and other who had just expressed an interest in the area.

Agenda (AccessComputing Leadership Institute)

Wednesday, November 5

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Evening Social and Time to Get Acquainted

Thursday, November 6

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast and Networking

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Welcome

  • Institute objectives and schedule
  • Introductions and project ideas
  • Housekeeping details: restrooms, breaks, and meals
  • Accessibility of meeting considerations
  • Materials in folders
  • AccessComputing goals, objectives, activities/products

9:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Reports on Existing Projects

Activities for Specific Disabilities

  • Learning Disabilities - Steve Fadden
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Anna Cavender, Fat Lam
  • Blindness and Low Vision, Stephanie Ludi, Mary Jo Thorpe, Jeffrey Bigham

Activities for Multiple Disabilities
Samantha Langely, Daniela Marghitu

Incorporating Disability-Related Topics into Computing Curricula
Terrill Thompson, Sheryl Burgstahler, Richard Ladner

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Panel: Personal Experiences in Pursuing Computer Science
Tead Hart, Jeanine Cook, Annie Anton, Shiri Azenkot
Moderator: Sheryl Burgstahler

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Working Lunch
With panelists and participants discuss what practices show promise for broadening participation in computing.

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Putting the Pieces together: Designing a Project

  • Relevant Data - Richard Ladner
  • Overview of BPC, NSF - Jan Cuny
  • Minigrants and Other Opportunities - Sheryl Burgstahler
  • Directions for Work Group Meetings: Roles of Proposal Writers and Consultants

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Break

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Work Group Meetings: Sharing Projects and New Ideas

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Debriefing and Discussion on New Ideas
Working Group representatives each deliver a 3-5 minute summary of discussion/accomplishments.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Preview of Tomorrow's Topics, Daily Feedback
Complete feedback forms.

5:00 p.m.

Adjourn

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Working Dinner
Network and discuss future collaborations and pose for group picture.

Friday, November 7

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Working Buffet Breakfast, Networking, and Discussion

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Overview of Agenda
Richard Ladner and Sheryl Burgstahler

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

NSF Grant Writing Tips
Jan Cuny

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Lessons Learned
Sheryl Burgstahler

Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation: Tips from the Field
Richard Ladner, Sheryl Burgstahler, Samantha Langley, Stephanie Ludi

Directions for Working Groups

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Break

 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Working Group Meetings: Continue Project Planning, with a Focus on Evaluation
Break into 3-4 discussion groups.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Working Lunch
With your working group continue to discuss how you can develop a grant proposal to support the involvement of individuals with disabilities in computing fields.

1:30  1:45 p.m.

Debriefing on Evaluation Ideas

1:45  2:30 p.m.

Final Topics for Discussion
3-4 breakout groups.

2:30  2:50 p.m.

Debriefing and Discussion on New Ideas
Breakout group representatives each deliver a 3-5 minute summary discussion.

2:50  3:00 p.m.

Opportunities for Continued Engagement and AccessComputing Leadership Institute Evaluation
Complete participant survey.

3:00 p.m.

Adjourn

Participants (AccessComputing Leadership Institute)

Annie Antón
North Carolina State University

Shiri Azenkot
Yahoo!

Jeffrey Bigham
University of Washington

Sheryl Burgstahler
University of Washington

Anna Cavender
University of Washington

Jeanine Cook
New Mexico State University

Jan Cuny
National Science Foundation

Steve Fadden
Landmark College

Chris Florez
Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology

Ted Hart
Microsoft

Matt Huenerfauth
The City University of New York (CUNY)

Julie Kientz
University of Washington

Richard E. Ladner
University of Washington

Fat Lam
Gallaudet University

Jennifer Landefeld
Carnegie Mellon University

Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh
University of Southern Maine

Jonathan Lazar
Towson University

Lynn Lovewell
University of Southern Maine

Stephanie Ludi
Rochester Institute of Technology

Daniela Marghitu
Auburn University

James Nickerson
Gallaudet University

Dan Nordstrom
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Elissa Olsen
RIT National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Mari Ostendorf
University of Washington

Tina Lam Rolfe
The Midwest Alliance at the University of Illinois

Rob Roth
University of Washington

Matt Stallmann
North Carolina State University

Terrill Thompson
University of Washington

Mary Jo Thorpe
National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute

Resources (AccessComputing Leadership Institute)

Slides and Notes

Funding Opportunities

Broadening Participation Projects

Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing

Other Resources