April 21 - 24, 2009
The goal of the 2009 AccessSTEM Access to Computing in Higher Education Capacity-Building Institute was to share AccessSTEM project objectives and progress and to brainstorm ideas for future collaborations and activities. Broad issue areas discussed included barriers to STEM for students with disabilities, lessons learned in previous DO-IT projects, and results from DO-IT's longitudinal transition study (ALTS).
The AccessSTEM CBI began with presentations about the AccessSTEM project by project leadership and NSF staff. Following these presentations, small groups worked to brainstorm solutions for increasing participation of students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
AccessSTEM Capacity-Building Institute outcomes benefit society by making STEM opportunities available to more citizens and enhancing STEM fields with the perspectives of people with disabilities.