Apr 2, 2021
Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher
AccessCSforAll is pleased to announce a series of four webinars coming up this spring called “Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher,” funded by the Infosys Foundation USA. In these webinars, computer science (CS) teachers who specialize in teaching blind and visually impaired students, deaf and hard of hearing students, and learning disabled and neurodiverse students will share strategies that other K-12 educators can use to include students with disabilities in their classroom.
To register you will go to the Pathfinders website, make an account, and then register. Use the links below to start the process.

Teaching CS to Blind and Visually Impaired Students – March 24, 2021

In this webinar, Gina Fugate will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to students who are blind and visually impaired. Gina Fugate is an Assistive Technology Teacher at Maryland School for the Blind and has also taught students who are blind and visually impaired in a public school setting. She earned her M.Ed. in Special Education with an emphasis on Visual Disabilities. She co-coaches the DOT5UDOGS and 180 Optimum using Quorum Lego Robotics for First Lego League.

Teaching CS to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students – April 7, 2021

In this webinar, Elizabeth (Beth) Kimball will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to students who are deaf and hearing impaired. Beth Kimball is a graduate of multiple universities with a passion for anything new. She loves reading, teaching, and learning from her students. Currently, Beth teaches computer science at Indiana School for the Deaf in the middle and high school STEM departments.

Teaching CS to Students with Learning Disabilities – May 11, 2021

In this webinar, Sarah Ciras will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to students with learning disabilities. Sarah Ciras is a special education teacher at Landmark School in Beverly, MA. She has been teaching for 11 years, and has taught CS for 7 years. This year she was named a CSTA Equity Fellow. She has spoken at several conferences about making Computer Science accessible to students with Language Based Learning Disabilities.

Teaching CS to Neurodiverse Students – June 16, 2021

In this webinar, Robert DeFillippo will share about lessons learned teaching computer science to neurodiverse students. Mr. Robert DeFillippo is a 25-year educator who has worked with varied exceptionalities throughout his career. In 2008 Mr. DeFillippo earned the Annie Sullivan award for excellence in education, along with being named the 2018 national Champion of Computer Science award winner for his work with equity and accessibility to computer science for students with severe cognitive and emotional disabilities.
Accessible Computer Science: Teacher to Teacher is brought to you by AccessCSforAll and Infosys Foundation USA. AccessCSforAll is a National Science Foundation funded project based at the University of Washington that works to increase the successful participation of students with disabilities in K-12 computing (#CNS-1738252 and #CNS-1738259). AccessCSforAll PI is Richard E. Ladner, Professor Emeritus in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and a leader in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in computing fields.