Improving STEM Researcher Outreach Efforts Working with Communities with Blindness and Vision Impairment (BVI)

This talk overviews NSF Broader Impact efforts to improve accessibility in STEM for BVI communities.  The NSF funded, Princeton Center for Complex Materials program efforts are broad and there is extensive experience creating, modifying and directing workshops to train researchers in different STEM fields and at different multiple venues. We are leveraging these experiences to venture into outreach efforts that are inclusive of the BVI community and create pilot outreach programs including training programs for STEM researchers to develop effective programs outreach and education for BVI audiences.  We will explore multiple aspects of improving the impact of outreach to the many dimensions of impact identity, incorporating aspects specific to audiences with BVI, and discuss the value of establishing career-long impact goals for STEM researchers in outreach and education efforts.

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