Capacity Building Institute
Dr. Manju Banerjee and Dr. Sapna Prasad received a grant from The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) in April 2013 to host a two-day Capacity Building Institute (CBI) with the goal of promoting cross-campus collaboration to increase the number of students with invisible disabilities successfully pursuing higher degrees and careers in computing fields.
AccessComputing works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing and IT fields by increasing the capacity of postsecondary computing departments to fully include students with disabilities in courses and programs. Students with invisible disabilities such as learning disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are highly underrepresented in their attainment of computing degrees and IT careers.
This CBI, titled "Pathways to Success for Students with Invisible Disabilities," provided a forum for postsecondary faculty from the computer science and engineering fields, disability service providers, and instructional technology personnel from multiple colleges and universities to:
- Discuss access challenges, share successful practices, and identify systemic change initiatives
- Increase their understanding of the profiles of students with LD, ADHD, and ASD
- Expand their collective knowledge of best practices for students with LD, ADHD, and ASD, including strategies for applying Universal Design (UD) principles to instruction
- Form collaborations with each other to coordinate their efforts to develop strategies and the capacity of their institutions to serve such underrepresented groups of students
The CBI was comprised of individual presentations by recognized leaders in the field, including Dr. Richard Ladner and Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, and group discussions which offered participants greater understanding of how disability support services, faculty, and information technology personnel can work together to support students with invisible disabilities.
You can learn more about this project by reading the published proceedings from the CBI.
For additional information:
Landmark College Institute
for Research and Training
PO Box 820
1 River Road South
Putney, VT 05346