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Thank you for making ISLAND 2021 a success!

The 13th Annual ISLAND conference will be held on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th, 2022.

ISLAND 2021 was held virtually on
Friday, September 17th, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and
Saturday, September 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
hosted by Princeton University.

All Times in Eatern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC -4)

Use #island21 on Facebook and Twitter to comment on the conference and see what others are saying about it. Also you can visit the ISLAND STEM Accessibility facebook group to keep the conversation open year round!

Since 2010, the Inclusion in Science Learning A New Direction (ISLAND) conference on disability and STEM has provided 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 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 throughout their 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.

The ISLAND conference attendees seek to shift the paradigm of science access for all learners.

ISLAND 2021 was made possible by the support of our sponsors

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Proceedings of the ISLAND Conference on Disability and STEM

The Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (JSESD) has been providing a peer-reviewed venue for the dissemination of research and practice related to the education of students with disabilities in the science classroom and laboratory since 1998.

ISLAND 2018 Conference Proceedings in JSESD: Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities | Rochester Institute of Technology | Vol 22 | Iss 1

ISLAND 2019 Conference Proceedings in JSESD: Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities | Rochester Institute of Technology | Vol 23 | Iss 1

The 12th annual ISLAND conference is organized by Independence Science and hosted at Princeton University located in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information about the ISLAND conference, please contact Independence Science.

Independence Science
3000 Kent Ave
Suite 2706
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(866) 862-9665