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ISLAND (Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction) Virtual Conference

The 11th annual ISLAND (Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction) conference will be held virtually this year on September 12th.  Registration is free.

This year, the ISLAND conference is being sponsored in part by Princeton University’s Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM). It is virtual and free. 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 the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions. This forum provides 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.

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

They are now accepting abstracts for presentations for the 2020 Island Conference. Abstracts must be received by July 15, 2020. Presenters will be notified by or before August 1, 2020.

For questions, please send an e-mail to the conference organizers at island@princeton.edu.

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Event Date: 

Sep 12, 2020