AccessComputing Website, Searchable Knowledge Base, & Minigrants
The AccessComputing website (www.uw.edu/accesscomputing/) contains
- information about project goals,
- the application of evidence-based practices toward project deliverables,
- resources for students with disabilities,
- educational materials for postsecondary faculty and staff,
- information about partners and collaborators, and
- program applications.
DO-IT maintains 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 computing activities.
The Knowledge Base can be accessed by following the "Search Knowledge Base" link on the AccessComputing website.
The Knowledge Base is an excellent resource for ideas that can be implemented in programs in order to better serve students with disabilities. 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 computing. Contributions and suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of Knowledge Base questions include the following:
- How can I make my computing department more accessible to students with disabilities?
- Universally Designed Webpages: A Case Study on Access Issues for a Student with a Learning Disability.
- What adaptive technology is typically provided to students with disabilities on postsecondary campuses?
- What are specific computer applications that can assist students with learning disabilities?
- Are there any web-based tutorials on accessibility?
- How can principles of universal design be used to construct a computer lab?
For a limited time, AccessComputing will offer funding for minigrants to support training, experiential learning, and other computing and IT-related activities nationwide. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of people with disabilities, including post-September 11 veterans, successfully pursuing computing careers.
An institution or other organization can seek funding to support:
- an existing computing event in order to attract/involve students with disabilities. Check with your computing department and see if there is an upcoming event to which you could add a mini-program for students with disabilities. For example, AccessComputing funds speakers and exhibits focused on assistive technology and other disability issues as part of the UW Engineering Open House. In addition, students with disabilities are invited to a pizza lunch to network with other students, faculty, and mentors.
- a stand-alone new event to attract and support students with disabilities in computing fields.
- a training event for faculty, administrators, or staff to improve access to computing curricula and programs for students with disabilities and/or to include disability-related topics in their course curricula.
- a professional development opportunity for students with disabilities, faculty, and staff to attend a conference or symposium.