[NFBWATLK] DO-IT News, January 2018

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
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[Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology]


DO-IT News


January 2018


[Scott shakes hands with Washington State Governor Inslee.]

Two DO-IT Staff Accept Positions Within Committees<http://discover.uw.edu/r00A0O0P0QIxS8Ano00f0y0>

DO-IT staff members Scott Bellman and Lyla Crawford were both recently invited to join different committees. Scott accepted a chair position within the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, while Lyla is happy to be joining the advisory committee of Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers.




[A group of Scholars hang out during Summer Study.]

Apply to the DO-IT Scholars Program<http://discover.uw.edu/v00S08PB0yxOAoJnQ00f000>

DO-IT is actively recruiting students for our capstone program, DO-IT Scholars. We are seeking students who are sophomores or juniors in high school in Washington State; have an aptitude for and interest in attending college; have a disability such as, but not limited to, mobility impairment, learning disability, sensory impairment, autism, or health impairment; and are motivated to participate and interested in interacting with other students with a variety of disabilities. Learn how to apply online.<http://discover.uw.edu/v00S08PB0yxOAoJnQ00f000>




[Eagle Nebula, one of the images you can discover in the astronomy-themed Quorum Hour of Code activity.]

New Astronomy-Themed Accessible Hour of Code<http://discover.uw.edu/o00C800KP00noA00SOQyfx0>

One of the AccessCSforAll Principal Investigators Andreas Stefik released a second accessible Hour of Code Activity this fall, just in time for Computer Science Education Week. The new Hour of Code explores astronomy and uses the Quorum programming language. Quorum is an evidence-based programming language that is design to be accessible.




[A student speaks to a career center staff member.]

Increasing Accessibility of Postsecondary Career Centers<http://discover.uw.edu/DAD000L0OQS00P0nx80o0yf>

Postsecondary career centers help students prepare for employment by teaching them how to create resumes, improve interview skills, and find job openings. When career centers collaborate with other departments and organizations on campus, they can more effectively serve students with disabilities.




[Grady works on a coding project.]

AccessCSforAll and Participant Highlighted in College Board Newsletter<http://discover.uw.edu/ZQ80o0nMy0000f0SE00xOAP>

In their December newsletter, the College Board ran an article about the importance of having access to coding and other aspects of computer science. Last year, with the creation of a new Advanced Placement (AP) course, AP Computer Science Principles, the College Board opened doors for underrepresented groups in computing, including students with disabilities.




[DO-IT participants at the Pacific Science Center.]

DO-IT Staff Teach Undergraduate Seminar at UW<http://discover.uw.edu/kA0Nx0800Po00QyfSn0F00O>

For the fifth year running, DO-IT Staff members Scott Bellman and Sheryl Burgstahler co-taught an undergraduate seminar at the University of Washington titled “Disability 101: Identity, Education, Careers, & Leadership.” The seminar explored types of disabilities, the history of the treatment of disabled people, campus disability services, the intersection of disability and career fields, and more.




[AccessERC CBI participants.]

AccessERC Hosts CBI<http://discover.uw.edu/p0000A0nOO0f0G8Qyx0oSP0>

On December 6-8, AccessERC hosted its third capacity building institute (CBI), titled Increasing the Participation of People with Disabilities in Engineering Research Centers (ERCs). Members of ERCs from across the country attended the CBI to learn more about including individuals with disabilities in their centers.




[A student works on a computing project.]

AccessComputing Launches Social Media<http://discover.uw.edu/VSQP000yPn0O000Ax0foH80>

Consider following AccessComputing on Twitter<http://discover.uw.edu/ZQ80o0nQy0000f0SI00xOAP> and Facebook<http://discover.uw.edu/kA0Rx0800Po00QyfSn0J00O>. You will find updates and news about AccessComputing activities, events, and resources, as well as shared information from our partners.




[Terrill Thompson setting up Face ID, with on-screen instructions 'Move your head slowly to complete the circle' and a link to 'Accessibility Options']

iPhone X and Accessibility<http://discover.uw.edu/qnOA0y0SxS080P00Q0oK00f>

In November 2017, Apple released the iPhone X, the first in Apple’s next generation of smart phones. The accessibility community expressed some initial concerns about the impact of new iPhone X design choices and features on accessibility. Concerns focused primarily on two features: Elimination of the home button and Face ID.




[Participants play Uno and eat pizza at a DO-IT Networking event.]

Join DO-IT at an Event<http://discover.uw.edu/x0A0000P0Ln0x8Q0Ty0oSOf>

DO-IT programs and projects such as Scholars, Pals, AccessSTEM, and AccessComputing offer many opportunities to meet mentors and learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. For more information on upcoming events, read the article and contact DO-IT.




[A panel of disabled students]

What are Alternatives to Disability-Related Simulations to Promote Disability Awareness?<http://discover.uw.edu/CQo00U0Mx0PA08yS0f0nO00>

Disability-related simulations are often criticized because they promote negative stereotypes of helplessness. Instead of having a simulation, we recommend hosting a panel of individuals with disabilities who can share their personal experiences and make direct connections with an audience or showing a video of people with disabilities sharing their own viewpoints.




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