Wednesday, February 20

7:00–9:00 pm
No-host networking reception

A group of conference participants discuss while sitting at a table.

Thursday, February 21

8:00–9:00 am
Breakfast and networking

9:00–10:55 am
Welcome and introductions
Overview of AccessINCLUDES goal, objectives, and activities
Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington (UW)

10:55–11:15 am
Overview of NSF INCLUDES and the Coordination Hub
Timothy Podkul, SRI International

11:15–11:30 am

11:45 am–12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Experiences of People with Disabilities in STEM Fields
Panelists: Nils Hakansson (Wichita State University), Raja Kushalnagar (Gallaudet University), Marta Larson (Michigan After-School Partnership), Vinod Namboodiri (Wichita State University)
Moderator: Brianna Blaser, UW

12:30–1:15 pm
Lunch and discussion
What can we do to increase the representation of people with disabilities in INCLUDES projects? Why haven’t more INCLUDES projects considered disability?

1:30–2 pm
Report out from lunch and discussion

1:30–3:30 pm
Short presentations: Disability & Accessibility in STEM Fields

  • Working Across Disciplines to Improve Digital Accessibility – Jonathan Lazar, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Equity by Design – Joan Freese, Twin Cities PBS
  • Embedding Neurodivergent Software Design in a CS Course – John Russo, Landmark College
  • STEM education and career exposure software for deaf and reading-challenged students – Greg Monty, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Digital INaccessibility: Why Haven’t We Figured This Out Yet? – Nora Ryan, Iowa State University
  • Strengthening the National STEM Workforce through Accessible and Inclusive Strategic Alignment – Chris Atchison, University of Cincinnati

3:45–4:15 pm
Large group discussion of today’s topics
What resources would be useful to the INCLUDES community in helping them (1) better address disability-related issues, (2) make activities more welcoming and accessible, and (3) develop collaborations that lead to future innovative projects and resources that are inclusive of individuals with disabilities?

4:15–4:30 pm
Evaluation of today’s activities and recommendations for tomorrow

5:30–7 pm
Dinner and discussion
What are barriers and possible solutions individuals with disabilities might encounter within INCLUDES or other STEM research, instruction, and projects?

A group of conference attendants network with each other.

Friday, February 22

8:00–9:00 am
Breakfast and networking

9:00–9:30 am
Report out on dinner discussion

9:30–10:30 am
Accessible websites, videos, documents, and other materials
Gaby de Jongh, UW

10:45–12:15 pm
Short Presentations: Strategies Used in INCLUDES Projects and Other Broadening Participation Efforts

  • Community Engagement for Cradle through Career STEM Learning – Joe Hastings & Kristin Leigh, Explora
  • NSF Alliances for Students with Disabilities in STEM – Overtoun Jenda & Brittany McCoullough, Auburn University
  • Introducing the Environmental Data Science Inclusion Network – Alycia Crail, Battelle
  • Barriers to STEM Learning: Cognitive Loads in the Classroom – Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, TERC
  • Providing Equitable Access to Computing Education in Mississippi – Sarah Lee, Mississippi State University

12:15–1:15 pm
Lunch and discussion
What are examples of collaborations that could be undertaken by stakeholder groups, specific conference participants, and/or other organizations that would support the project goal and objectives?

1:30–2:00 pm
Report out from lunch discussion

2:00–2:30 pm
Action plan: What changes do you plan to make that will lead to the INCLUDES Network being more accessible and welcoming to individuals with disabilities as an individual? As a project? Or in collaboration with others?

2:45–3:00 pm
Videos and other resources
Report out action plans, wrap up, what’s next, and evaluation