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Access to Advancement

An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Part 1

SCI-VIS Makes Space Camp Accessible to Students with Visual Impairments

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Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students (SCI-VIS) is a weeklong camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, that helps middle and high school students who are blind or who have low vision to learn about space and space-related technology.

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Entry Point! Opens Doors and Launches Women Into STEM Education Programs and Careers

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Entry Point provides internships in science for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Each year, the program places students with disabilities in paid internships at IBM, NASA, Google, and other partner companies and agencies, where the students receive guidance from mentors as they prepare for the professional workforce.

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TechGirlz Uses Hands-on STEM Activities to Engage Young Girls Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

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TechGirlz is a weeklong summer camp at the Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, for middle school girls who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The camp uses hands-on activities to make STEM subjects fun and interesting.

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MIND Alliance: Helping Minority Students with Disabilities Succeed in STEM

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MIND Alliance is designed to increase interest in STEM fields among minority students with disabilities, and helps them transition into STEM-based academic programs and careers. The program emphasizes cultural sensitivity, while offering tutoring, mentoring, internships, and career assessment and counseling. And through field trips and hands-on activities, students in the program learn that science can be fun and interesting.

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DO-IT and Access STEM Improve Transitions to STEM Education and Careers

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The DO-IT program at the University of Washington aims to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers. AccessSTEM, a project within DO-IT, works directly with high schools and colleges in the Seattle, WA, area to assist students with the transition to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academic programs and employment.

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