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     I thought the following might be of interest.


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Subject: EASI Gets NSF Grant
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Forgive me those of you who have seen this previously. We try not to
use this list for more than the journal, but I feel this is important.

Norman Coombs

National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Development of
Materials on Accessible Math and Science Study Programs for
Individuals with Disabilities

For information contact:
Norman Coombs (716) 475-2462 or nrcgsh@ritvax.isc.rit.edu
Carmela Castorina (714) 830-0301 ccastori@orion.oac.uci.edu
Steven W. Gilbert (202) 293-6440 ext. 54 or

         The National Science Foundation announced this week
that it has awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to the
American Association for Higher Education to create materials
that will help disabled students study math, science and
engineering. The grant work will be carried out by EASI, an
AAHE program that uses information technology to help people
with disabilities achieve full participation in education
programs, both as students and faculty. The materials will
be based on EASI's ongoing work on "adaptive" computing
technology and access to electronic information for people
with disabilities. EASI will emphasize using the Internet to
distribute this project's work to the largest possible audience.

        "We're thrilled with the award," said Dr. Norman
Coombs, chair of EASI and director of the project. "We've
spent the last six years creating and distributing materials
that have helped thousands of people with disabilities use
computer technology to go through school and move into the
workplace. This grant will allow us to tackle the tough
challenge of providing good information about how people with
disabilities can use information technology to work
effectively in science and math. It's especially difficult
to provide access to these fields, and it's well past time
that people with disabilities get the tools to gain access."

        Dr. Larry Scadden of the National Science Foundation
said that the project would "break down many of the
attitudinal and informational barriers that now impede entry
into these academic tracks."

        "Far too frequently students with disabilities are
steered away from courses in math and science because
teachers and counselors do not know if these students will be
able to participate in the classes and labs or complete their
assignments," he said. "This happens even when the students
have the interest and aptitude to consider pursuing careers
in these disciplines. Thousands of people with disabilities
are successfully competing as scientists, engineers and
mathematicians. The National Science Foundation wants to
ensure that all students with disabilities become
scientifically literate and have the opportunity to consider
careers in these fields."

        Russell Edgerton, President of AAHE said that "AAHE
is especially pleased that EASI will be able to help
colleges, universities, and schools provide better
educational services in the sciences and mathematics for
faculty and students with disabilities. Institutional
investments in these activities will have great payoff in
terms of the academic accomplishments of talented individuals
who would otherwise find these fields inaccessible."

        Steven W. Gilbert, director, Technology Projects for
AAHE, said that the organization had put a great deal of
effort into preparing for the project and has already begun
work. "For this project, the leaders of EASI have put
together a group of consultants that includes some of the
finest science, math and disability experts in the country.
They represent hundreds of professionals who continue to give
time and share knowledge through EASI's on-line activities.
We're grateful to the National Science Foundation for making
it possible to develop and disseminate better information and
help more students and faculty members who have

        AAHE and EASI will begin distributing materials for
this project as they are developed. In addition to
traditional dissemination methods such as presentations,
videos and publications, EASI will also distribute materials
electronically. Electronic distribution will include an
interactive on-line workshop and the creation of an
accessible information database that will make all materials
available on gopher.

        EASI is a six-year-old program dedicated to providing
materials that tell how individuals with disabilities can
have access to computer hardware, software and electronic
information. EASI has conducted hundreds of presentations to
higher education audiences, produced and distributed
thousands of brochures and pamphlets, and created a complete
book on computer access. The organization operates three
electronic discussion lists which bring together more than
2,000 people from more than 40 countries.

        AAHE is a national organization of more than 8,000
individuals -- primarily faculty and senior academic
administrators -- dedicated to improving the quality of
American higher education. It's membership covers the full
range of colleges and universities.

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