Sessions 2017 – Accessibility Forums
The Accessibility Conference is pleased to offer Accessibility Forums – an opportunity to join a discussion and share best practices.
STEM Accessibility Forum
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, University Health Network and Research Director for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students
Join this half-day participatory session to discuss STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Accessibility.
Pre-order the book “Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences“ and pick up at the Conference. Order deadline: May 1.
The Pillars of STEM Accessibility
- Physical accommodation in lab settings
- Technological adaptations
- Other learning modes – human assistance and simulation learning
- Faculty mentoring and supervision
- Accessible transmission of STEM content
- Attitudinal change and gatekeeping
- Challenges for student service professionals
- Learn about the pillars that support a culture of STEM accessibility
- Gain a deeper understanding of the experience of students with disabilities with respect to STEM courses
- Become familiar with the landscape of current projects and initiatives related to STEM accessibility
- Describe the needs and challenges of STEM accessibility in the post-secondary education sector
- Leave with a practical understanding of how to advance STEM accessibility issues at their respective institutions
More experienced participants will:
- Share expertise
- Make professional connections
- Update their knowledge of STEM best practices
- Form the nucleus of a cross-sectional multi-skilled community of practice around post-secondary STEM accessibility issues
- Learn more about current challenges and projects related to post-secondary accessible STEM implementation
- Gain practical advice on how best to advance STEM accessibility in the post-secondary milieu
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind cancer researcher. Dr. Sukhai is currently Head of the Variant Interpretation Group within the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the University Health Network in Toronto. He holds senior roles in the non-profit, higher education and disability sectors, as Research Director for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students and a National Board member for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Dr. Sukhai is the Principal Investigator for and co-author of “Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences,” a book based on his work on access to science within higher education.
Session Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Conference Stream: Forums
(The book is not required for the session.)
“Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences” by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Chelsea Mohler provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the STEM fields. Each chapter features research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives.
The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and is also reflective of cross-disability perspectives (physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).
It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities. Visit Elsevier Publishing for a full description
“Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences” may be pre-ordered during registration for $37.17 (plus $4.83 HST = $42.00) before May 1, 2017. Some copies may be available during registration. Your book will be available for pick-up at the Accessibility Conference.