Projects

Veterans with disabilities who are interested in postsecondary education are encouraged to join DO-IT projects that support their pursuit of college and careers, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. These projects include AccessSTEM and AccessComputing.

AccessSTEM

AccessSTEM is funded by the National Science Foundation (grant # HRD-0227995 and HRD-0833504) and serves to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM academic programs and careers.

Resources for Student Veterans

AccessSTEM Team
For students with disabilities, including veterans, pursuing STEM who would like to gain experience through paid internships and work-related opportunities. Participants also receive advice and resources project staff and online mentors.

Resources for Educators and Employers

AccessSTEM Website
A space where educators and employers learn to make classroom and employment opportunities in STEM accessible to individuals with disabilities, and share promising practices. Their efforts can help all students succeed in STEM courses and reach critical junctures on a path toward college studies and careers in STEM fields. Consult the AccessSTEM/AccessComputing/DO-IT Longitudinal Transition Study for data and analysis from a study that tracks the progress of students with disabilities through junctures that lead to STEM degrees and careers.

Think Tank: Serving Veterans with Disabilities
Proceedings from an event hosted by the DO-IT Center to identify ways existing programs can collaborate to improve veterans' access to post-deployment training, education, and careers. 

AccessComputing

The goal of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing), funded by the National Science Foundation (grant # CNS-0540615 and CNS-0837508) is to increase the participation of people with disabilities, including veterans, in computing and IT fields.

AccessComputing collaborators apply evidence-based practices to

  • increase the number of students with disabilities successfully pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees and careers in computing fields.
  • increase the capacity of postsecondary computing departments to fully include students with disabilities in computing courses and programs.
  • create a nationwide resource to help students with disabilities pursue computing fields and computing educators and employers, professional organizations, and other stakeholders develop more inclusive programs and share effective practices, including promising practices nationwide.

Resources for Student Veterans

AccessComputing Team
For students with disabilities, including veterans, interested in computing careers who would like to gain experience through paid internships and work-related opportunities.

AccessComputing Veterans Community of Practice (CoP)
An e-community designed for veteran stakeholder groups (veterans with disabilities, service providers, and volunteer mentors) to share best practices for serving veterans with disabilities and their families. To join, email doit@uw.edu with your name, position/title, institution, postal address, email address, and express your interest in joining the Veterans CoP.

Resources for Educators

AccessComputing: Building Capacity for Veterans with Disabilities
Proceedings from a capacity-building institute (CBI) that took place February 10-13, 2009, in Seattle. Its overall purpose was to explore ways to increase the participation and success of veterans with disabilities in computing and information technology postsecondary studies and careers. Participants in this three day event included student services leaders, administrators, and teaching faculty from institutions around the county. 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.