The Inclusion in Science Learning A New Direction (ISLAND) conference on disability in STEM provides a forum to address how persons with disabilities can be more fully integrated into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This is a space for professionals, students, researchers, access technology developers, parents, and service providers to meet and network with one another for this purpose.
Persons with disabilities are often prohibited from full participation in the STEM subject areas due to misconceptions leading to lack of opportunities in STEM courses. Further, employers and advanced degree programs may be skeptical about the capabilities of a person with a disability and their ability to compete on equal terms with their non-disabled counterparts. Persons with disabilities have to problem solve to overcome their physical and/or cognitive limitations for their entire lives. Therefore, the more methodological and technological innovations that can be designed and disseminated in a forum such as the ISLAND conference serves to promote a community of practice for STEM educators to learn how a more inclusive and equitable STEM learning experience may be made possible.
Due to Covid19, the 2020 ISLAND conference is going virtual. Please participate in this year’s ISLAND conference to be hosted by Princeton University via Zoom, on Saturday, September 12, 2020. More specific conference information will be forthcoming. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 11th annual ISLAND conference. For questions, please send an e-mail to the conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ISLAND conference attendees seek to shift the paradigm of science access for all learners.