Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction (ISLAND), a conference on disability and STEM (Virtual)
ISLAND 2021 will be held virtually on
Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th,
hosted by Princeton University.
Registration is free this year to promote
science inclusion in this time of virtual learning and transition.
All are welcome!
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.