About the AccessCollege Initiative
Many of the Rooms within the AccessCollege Initiative were created with funding by the U.S. Department of Education through projects and programs. Other Rooms were created with funding by the National Science Foundation. To learn more about each Room, explore the descriptions below and discover the original projects that led to our resource collection.
The Faculty Room
The Faculty Room houses resources for postsecondary faculty to better prepare them to fully include students with disabilities in academic programs on their campuses. These resources were originally developed under the DO-IT Prof project. Learn about promising practices and resources funded through the DO-IT Prof project and team members who participated in the development and dissemination of DO-IT Prof materials.
The Board Room
The Board Room houses resources for postsecondary student service providers and administrators in order to better prepare them to fully include students with disabilities in academic programs on their campuses. These resources were originally developed under the DO-IT Admin project. Learn more about six models of professional development created by the DO-IT Admin team.
The Student Services Conference Room
The Student Services Conference Room houses resources for staff and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn how to create facilities, services, and information resources that are accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. These resources were originally developed under the DO-IT Admin project. Learn more about six models of professional development created by the DO-IT Admin team.
The Student Lounge
The Student Lounge has resources designed to help students learn more about how to prepare for and be successful in postsecondary education and careers. Initial funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Education through three Demonstration Projects to Ensure Quality Higher Education for Students with Disabilities.
The Employment Office
The Employment Office focuses on successful career preparation for individuals with disabilities. These resources were originally developed under the AccessCAREERS projects. AccessCAREERS projects encourage and prepare individuals with disabilities to enter challenging careers and create a model for a continuum of services from K-12 through postsecondary levels. AccessCAREERS serves to:
- Increase the knowledge and understanding of students with disabilities about academic programs, employment skills, and career opportunities in technology and business;
- Increase the participation of students with disabilities in work-based learning experiences to develop job skills and prepare for careers; and
- Improve the knowledge and skills of parents, educators, advisors, counselors, and employers about the capabilities and needs of students, interns, and employees with disabilities so they are better equipped to support these individuals in academic and employment settings.
For more on AccessCAREERS, consult the following.
- AccessCAREERS Projects: Increasing Career Success for People with Disabilities
This publication describes promising practices and resources funded through AccessCAREERS and includes a list of DO-IT publications to aid in replication of practice.
- AccessCAREERS Projects
A web page providing a project summary and project management for AccessCAREERS.
The Veterans Center
The Veterans Center is supported by the AccessComputing and the AccessSTEM projects and is managed by the DO-IT Center at the University of Washington.
The goal of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields. AccessComputing activities help students with disabilities reach critical junctures on a path toward college studies and careers in computing fields. The National Science Foundation funds AccessComputing as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) program of the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) (grant #CNS-0540615 and CNS-0837508).
The purpose of the Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in STEM careers. It builds on established collaborations and brings together practices that have proven successful individually, to create a unique, comprehensive set of interventions. Outreach and dissemination efforts extend nationwide. The National Science Foundation funds the project, which began in 2002 (cooperative agreement #HRD-0227995 and grant HRD-0833504).