Alliances for Students with Disabilities in STEM is one of three tracks Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program at the National Science Foundation. The other two tracks are the Research track and the Demonstration, Enrichment or Dissemination track.
The Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program seeks to broaden the participation and achievement of people with disabilities in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and associated professional careers. The RDE program has been funding this objective since 1994 under the prior name "Program for Persons with Disabilities." Particular emphasis is placed on contributing to the knowledge base by addressing disability related differences in secondary and post-secondary STEM learning and in the educational, social and pre-professional experiences that influence student interest, academic performance, retention in STEM degree programs, STEM degree completion, and career choices. Projects also investigate effective practices for transitioning students with disabilities across critical academic junctures, retaining students in undergraduate and graduate STEM degree programs, and graduating students with STEM associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
Research project results inform the delivery of innovative, transformative and successful practices employed by the Alliances for Students with Disabilities in STEM to increase the number of students with disabilities completing associate, undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEM and to increase the number of students with disabilities entering our nation's science and engineering workforce. Alliances engage multiple institutions of higher education and secondary school systems to work as a team to employ evidenced-based practices and promising interventions to advance students across critical academic junctures, to degree completion, and into the workforce or graduate STEM degree programs.
RDE projects contribute to closing the gaps occurring for people with disabilities in STEM fields by successfully disseminating findings, project evaluation results, and proven good practices and products to the public.
Additional information on the NSF Research in Disabilities Education program can be found on the program's website at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5482, or in the program solicitation for RDE proposals, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09508/nsf09508.htm .
Current RDE Alliances include:
* East Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM-Phase 2, http://eastalliance2.org/
* AccessSTEM: The Northwest Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Phase II (AccessSTEM2), http://www.uw.edu/doit/Stem/
* MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, http://www.mystem.org
* Ohio's STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA), http://www.wright.edu/osaa
* Midwest Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, http://stemmidwest.org
* Reaching the Pinnacle, http://rtp.nmsu.edu/
* Pacific Alliance for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities in STEM Fields Partnership, http://www.cds.hawaii.edu/pacificalliance/
* Building an Alliance for New Careers in STEM (KC-BANCS): A Collaborative Model for the Inclusion of Youth and Veterans with Disabilities, http://www.kcstemalliance.org,
* Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM, http://auburn.edu/southalliance,
A brochure that provides information about the NSF alliance program and each of the alliances is available in the attachment below.