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STEM career resources and information from our friends at the DO-IT program at University of Washington

The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center at the University of Washington (UW), with funding from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, is running an innovative project called AccessSTEM Careers.

AccessSTEM Careers (www.washington.edu/doit/programs/accessstem-careers) promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields to students with disabilities. A primary focus of the project is connecting postsecondary career centers with campus disability services offices. We’d like to share some of our exciting work with you! A replication package describing project activities is freely available at: www.uw.edu/doit/programs/accessstem-careers/replication-accessstem-careers

During the project, the University of Washington's Career and Internship Center worked to create a resume book for students with disabilities. The book is shared with employers specifically seeking candidates with disabilities. The team also created two new web pages:

The UW Career and Internship Center website for students with disabilities: https://careers.uw.edu/resources/?ctag%5B%5D=students-with-disabilities

The UW Career Center website for employers seeking candidates with disabilities: http://careers.uw.edu/employers/candidates-with-disabilities

AccessSTEM Careers is also sharing information through the DO-IT Knowledge Base, which can be accessed at http://www.washington.edu/doit/knowledge-base. Examples of articles developed during the project include:

* How can Postsecondary Career Centers Increase their Engagement of Students with Disabilities?

* The Elevator Pitch Contest: A Promising Practice in Preparing Students with Disabilities for Employment

* What is AccessSTEM CAREERS?

* What is MEAF and how do they support individuals with disabilities?

* The Career Center Resume Book: A Promising Practice in Promoting Employment for STEM Students with Disabilities

We invite you to explore these resources and adopt some of the materials and practices on your own campus! If you would like assistance or further information, please contact us.

AccessSTEM Careers staff: Scott Bellman, DO-IT Program Manager, UW Information Technology DO-IT (www.washington.edu/doit) University of Washington, Box 354842 Seattle, WA 98195 206-685-6222 206-685-3648(TTY)




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