The Alliance for Access to Computing Careers

AccessComputing partners with more than thirty postsecondary institutions and other organizations to support the following activities and resources.

Activities for Students with Disabilities

AccessComputing helps students with disabilities pursue degrees and careers in computing fields.

  • AccessComputing Team
    students nationwide including high school, college, and graduate students, including veterans, with disabilities engage with each other and with mentors and participate in internships and other opportunities
  • Choose Computing
    students with disabilities interested in learning more about computing careers can find more information about their options through profiles of successful computing students and professionals who happen to have disabilities, a collection of resources, and examples of computing projects
  • Online Student Lounge & Veterans Center
    comprehensive websites to help students with disabilities prepare for and succeed in college and careers

uw.edu/accesscomputing/get-involved/students

Activities for Faculty, Staff, and Employers

AccessComputing builds the capacity of faculty, staff, computing departments, employers, and professional organizations to fully include students with disabilities.

  • Online Communities of Practice
    where faculty and other professionals discuss strategies and share resources for promoting the participation of people with disabilities in computing
  • Minigrants
    funds for activities to support the project goal
  • Capacity Building Institutes and Training
    on campuses and at conferences
  • Replication Packages
    everything that educators and professionals need to replicate successful outreach activities

uw.edu/accesscomputing/get-involved/educators-and-employers

Resources

AccessComputing shares resources.

  • Searchable Knowledge Base of questions and answers, case studies, and promising practices
  • Guidelines for making computing instruction and departmental services welcoming and accessible
  • to students with disabilities
  • Proceedings of capacity building institutes exploring issues related to students with disabilities
  • and computing fields
  • Videos of accessibility guidelines and students with disabilities, including veterans, pursuing computing careers

uw.edu/accesscomputing/get-informed

Impact of Our Work

AccessComputing outcomes benefit society by

  • making computing opportunities available to more citizens and
  • enhancing computing fields with the perspectives of people with disabilities.

uw.edu/accesscomputing

“Don’t just buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it. No one’s born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work and some math and science, just about anyone can become one.” -President Barack Obama

Leaders

University of Washington
Richard Ladner, Computer Science & Engineering
Sheryl Burgstahler, DO-IT Center

Partners

AccessComputing engages with more than thirty postsecondary institutions and other organizations

uw.edu/accesscomputing/about-us/partners

Funding

AccessComputing is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance program of the Directorate for Computer & Information Sciences and Engineering (Grant #CNS-0540615, #CNS-0837508, & #CNS-1042260).

uw.edu/accesscomputing/about-us