Complimentary 1-hour archived webinar! “Making Engineering Welcoming and Accessible for Students with Disabilities”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sponsored by NAPE, STEM Equity Pipeline, and the National Science Foundation.

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This webinar focuses on strategies for making engineering welcoming and accessible for students with disabilities. The University of Washington presenters run the AccessEngineering program, a nationwide program that works to increase the participation of people with disabilities in engineering academic programs and careers and improve engineering with their expertise. Project staffs engage faculty and students nationwide in efforts to (1) better serve a diverse student body, including students with a broad range of disabilities, in engineering courses and programs, and (2) integrate relevant accessibility-related and universal design content into engineering courses.

Intended Audience

Community college, high school and university faculty, counselors, CTE and STEM staff


Participants will

  1. Gain an understanding of AccessEngineering and strategies to better serve a diverse student body.
  2. Learn methods to integrate disability-related and universal design content into engineering courses.
  3. Become familiar with strategies to make engineering labs and maker spaces accessible.


Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler founded and directs the DO-IT Center and the Access Technology Center (ATC), which promote (1) the use of mainstream and assistive technology and other interventions to support the success of students with disabilities in postsecondary education and careers and (2) the development of facilities, computer labs, academic and administrative software, websites, multimedia, and distance learning programs that are welcoming and accessible to individuals with disabilities. She is an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Kat Steele is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Washington and CO-PI of AccessEngineering. She received her BS from the Colorado School of Mines and MS and PhD from Stanford University. Her research focuses on improving mobility and access after neurologic injury. Learn more about the Ability & Innovation Lab at
cakmak Dr. Maya Cakmak is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, Computer Science & Engineering Department, where she directs the Human-Centered Robotics lab.  Her research interests are in human-robot interaction, end-user programming, and assistive robotics. Her work aims to develop robots that can be programmed and controlled by a diverse group of users with unique needs and preferences to do useful tasks. Her work has been published at major Robotics and AI conferences and journals, demonstrated live in various venues, and featured in numerous media outlets. Tools she and her students developed are currently being used by robotics companies such as Savioke and Fetch Robotics.


Register for this 1-hour complimentary webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, beginning at 1 pm ET. Once you register for the complimentary event, information and instructions about accessing the event will be sent to your email address

nsf1 high res December 13, 2016 STEM Equity Pipeline Archived Webinar This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734056 and Grant No. HRD 1203121. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.