Building Capacity for Veterans with Disabilities

February 10-13, 2009
Seattle, WA

Increasing the participation and success of veterans with disabilities in computing and information technology postsecondary studies and careers was the goal of this two-and-one-half day CBI. Hosted by the University of Washington, the CBI provided a forum for comparing recruitment and access challenges, sharing successful practices, developing collaborations, and identifying systemic change initiatives for increasing the capacity of institutions to serve veterans with disabilities.

Speakers and panelists were also CBI participants. Many were either veterans or practitioners with direct experience in serving veterans. Broad issues that were discussed included

The CBI was comprised of panel and individual presentations and working group discussions. Panel discussions offered participants opportunities to discover new ways for various veteran and campus disability services to collaborate to improve veterans' postsecondary experience. Individual presentations included information on the new G.I. Bill, computing and IT career opportunities for veterans, as well as best practices for institutions serving veterans with disabilities. Working group discussions allowed participants time to gather in small groups and discuss the following questions:

For details about this CBI, read the Proceedings. For a comprehensive summary of CBI presentations and discussions, consult the CBI Proceedings.