CBI Agenda

Four students interacting with a computer8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Refreshments

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m


Institute Objectives and Schedule


Daniela Marghitu (Auburn University Education and Assistive Technology) & Nels Madsen (Associate Dean, Samuel Ginn COE)

9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

About the CBI

Terry Thompson giving a presentationUniversal Design in Academia: A Capacity Building Institute took place April 11, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama. Its overall purpose was to bring together a select group of national experts to help Auburn University faculty and staff reduce barriers and optimize levels of challenge and support to meet the needs of all learners.

Student Profile: Diana

Image of Diana for AccessComputing profile.My name is Diana. I graduated last year from Georgia State University (GSU) with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and a Certificate of International Business. The IT field is always changing, and I excel in dynamic environments, so computing was a great fit for me.

Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists

The Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists was held at Gallaudet University on May 17-18, 2012, with support from AccessComputing. The workshop brought together 97 participants, including high school, college, and graduate students as well as K-12 educators, sign language interpreters, university professors, and government staff involved in STEM fields.

Universal Design: Implications for Computing Education

What might be the first response of a professor when a student who is deaf enrolls in her computing class? Would she look forward to the unique perspective this student brings to the class, or only be concerned about what accommodations might be necessary? An important step to creating a classroom environment that is welcoming to all students is to value diversity in all of its many forms—to see, in this case, differences in hearing abilities as a normal, interesting part of the human experience.

AccessComputing Student Internships

AccessComputing has funded over 140 internships for students with disabilities to work on research as well as lab, technical support, and other computing projects. Through these experiences, students have learned how to request reasonable accommodations, communicate with supervisors and co-workers, collaborate with others, and manage priorities. As one student shared, "despite being visually impaired, I can continue to work toward a degree in software engineering. My confidence level has increased along with my determination."

Research projects include:

Chris's Journey from Student to Mentor

I believe that early work- and career-related experiences play crucial roles in people's abilities to have successful full-time careers, especially when they have a disability. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to do a number of different internships and attend conferences and professional workshops, which have given me the experience necessary to be successful in my career.

Person with disability using a laptop.

Cassie's Educational and Internship Experiences

Growing up is an ongoing process; no matter how much one knows there are always more lessons to learn and more avenues to explore. I was born in Madison, Wisconsin where I lived until I was seventeen when I moved to Tacoma, Washington to attend college. I am an only child. A few months after I was born my parents discovered I was blind. My exact condition is called Leber's Amaurosis, which affects the vision-related nerves more than the eye itself. In short, the doctor who diagnosed me compared my eye to a camera where the picture is taken, but the image never appears on the film.

Photo of a row of computer monitors


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