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Making STEM Accessible to Disabled People. Expression of Interest

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Kathleen McNally <[log in to unmask]>

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MeCCSA Disability Studies Network <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Sun, 27 Jan 2019 18:53:00 +0000

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I am sending this message out on behalf of  Dr. Marion Hersh. The University of Glasgow.







Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to send suggested title and author names if interested in participating in the session outlined below.
Please share this message widely, sorry for any cross-posting.



SPECIAL THEMATIC SESSION

Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE), Bologna, Italy, 27-30 August 2019  

                  

Making STEM Accessible to Disabled People

ABSTRACT

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can be considered to be at the basis of modern society, making it essential that they are fully accessible to disabled people.  However, relatively limited attention has been given to STEM accessibility compared to many other subjects and there are still significant barriers to be overcome.   Particular issues include, but are not restricted to, difficulties in representing notation and formulae in an accessible format, reading images and graphs and making both virtual and real laboratories and field work accessible.  Negative attitudes and misconceptions about what disabled people cannot do also act as barriers and concerns about health and safety issues are sometimes used as a pretext to exclude disabled people.  There is also a need to avoid learning aims which cause difficulties for some groups of disabled people, such as being able to draw graphs on paper rather than analyse the results of graphs produced by software. 

This session will discuss the full range of issues associated with making STEM accessible, with a particular focus on the role of assistive technology [and tools designed for supporting accessibility as well].

Papers are welcome on the following, amongst other topics:

·     Case studies of interventions

·     Recommendations for good practice

·     Involving disabled learners, teachers and researchers

·     New assistive and learning technologies

·     The role of technology and other approaches

·     Strategies to avoid

·     Pedagogical issues and learning objectives

·     Making fieldwork and/or practical classes accessible

·     Making formulae, equations and terminology accessible

·     Making graphs and images accessible

·     Virtual laboratories and simulation environments

·     Software for analysis and statistics software

·     Accessibility issues and strategies for scientific digital contents and eBooks]

 

Session Chairs

Dr Marion Hersh,  University of Glasgow Scotland, [log in to unmask] and Dr Barbara Leporini, ISTI – CNR, Italy, [log in to unmask]

 Note this is an expression of interest, not a commitment to submit a paper.  The deadline for submitting a title and author names to us is 30 January 2019. 



Regards



Kathleen McNally





PP Dr Marion Hersh

University Of Glasgow

 Biomedical Engineering, 

 80 Oakfield Avenue, 

 Glasgow

 G12 8LP

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