About the CBI


The AccessSTEM Capacity Building Institute (CBI) took place April 27, 2009, in Seattle. Its overall purpose was to explore ways to increase the participation of people with disabilities in all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects, academic programs, and, ultimately, careers. A particular focus was on potential interventions for high schools, community colleges, and two-year schools in and near Seattle.

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Participants in this half-day event included AccessSTEM project leadership and key staff, core stakeholder groups, and representatives from NSF. Hosted at the University of Washington, the AccessSTEM CBI provided a forum for sharing successful practices, reporting research results, developing collaborations, and otherwise increasing the capacity of all NSF-funded projects to serve individuals with disabilities.

The goal of the AccessSTEM CBI was to share AccessSTEM project objectives and progress and to brainstorm ideas for future collaborations and activities. Broad issue areas discussed included

In this CBI

The AccessSTEM CBI began with presentations about the AccessSTEM project by project leadership and NSF staff. Following these presentations, small groups worked to answer the following question:

Group representatives reported to all participants and notes were incorporated into the proceedings. The results of these efforts are shared online at http://www.washington.edu/doit/cbi/.