Vertical Mentoring Workshop for Students who are Blind - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

December 19, 2005

DO-IT, as part of our AccessSTEM project, is a partner in a worthwhile effort to encourage the participation of individuals who are blind to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is directed by Dr. Richard Ladner, Boeing Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

The Vertical Mentoring Workshop for Students who are Blind in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) will be held July 26-28, 2006 at the University of Washington, Seattle. Further information can be found on the website at http://www.cs.washington.edu/vmwb/

Please help publicize the workshop to both potential participants (blind students from high school to graduate school) and to professionals in STEM fields. Please inform vendors and researchers in accessibility technology for blind students and professionals in STEM fields, who might participate in Technology Fair. If you know of employers of STEM employees who want to learn about how to hire employees who are blind, point them to the website and have them call or e-mail Mark Riccobono at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute (410-659-9314 ext. 2368 or MRiccobono@nfb.org).

If you contact a group, please let Dr. Ladner (ladner@cs.washington.edu) know so that he can make sure that all the bases are covered. Please let him know of others he should contact who might help spread the word.