What steps do teens with disabilities take to STEM careers?

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Taking classes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in high school, graduating from high school, and participating in career and work-based learning activities, are all important steps towards a career in STEM.

Educators, parents, and other advocates can help students reach these critical junctures by providing mentor and family support, promoting the use of technology, engaging students in activities designed to develop self-determination and STEM interests, and offering internships, research experiences, and/or other work-based learning opportunities.

The Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) maintains a model titled Progress of Teens with Disabilities Toward STEM Careers: Project Inputs Leading Students to Critical Junctures. It describes critical steps that can promote the success of teens with disabilities as they pursue STEM careers.

For a list of nationwide projects that offer programs and resources geared towards making STEM accessible to people with disabilities, visit the DO-IT Knowledge Base article, Where can I find projects that promote the participation of students with disabilities in STEM?