Online Dialogue on STEM Careers for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Council on Disability (NCD) announced the third online dialogue in their three-part series, “Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).”

The purpose of this online dialogue is to gather insight, ideas and recommendations on how to take the necessary steps to ensure job opportunities in the STEM fields are open to everyone, including people with disabilities, and that individuals with disabilities are able to secure and succeed in those positions.

Participants are encouraged to contribute their ideas on how to increase the number of people with disabilities pursuing STEM careers, as well as suggestions on how to provide better support to ensure successful employment outcomes in these growing fields. The virtual event begins July 28 and will run through August 8.

Sign up to participate by clicking here!


ConnectED | The White House

From the White House:

“Preparing America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 30% of America’s schools have the broadband they need to teach using today’s technology. Under ConnectED, however, 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017. That connectivity will help transform the classroom experience for all students, regardless of income.

The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages. And he called on businesses, states, districts, schools, and communities to support this vision, which requires no congressional action. Following the 2014 State of the Union address, the President announced major progress on the initiative, highlighting commitments by the FCC and the private sector.Get more details about those commitments – and if you’re a school administrator, teacher, or student, find out how you can take advantage.”

via ConnectED | The White House.


Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age

On June 5 at 2pm ET, SETDA will host a webinar for the public release of the policy brief, The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials. The webinar will explore important considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities. Presenters will discuss open educational resources, the Universal Design for Learning Framework, and federal law requirements regarding accessibility of instructional materials. The session will provide recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content to enhance the educational experiences of all students. There will an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples of their own approaches to ensuring accessibility in digital content.

This webinar is free and open to all interested parties. Please register and share the registration RSVP:

Webinar coordinates will be distributed based on information provided in your RSVP.


Think Outside the Phone — Contest for Students

High school students are invited to create and exhibit software applications, or “apps,” for mobile phones, tablets or other computing devices on a platform of their choice as part of the House Student App Challenge. Members of the United States House of Representatives established the challenge to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM fields. The competition is open to all high school students, either individually or in teams of up to four, in participating districts. Contestants must submit their app’s source code online and provide a YouTube or Vimeo video demo explaining their app and the learning they experienced through the competition process. The apps will be judged on the quality of the idea as well as on implementation and demonstrated programming skill. District winners will receive a Certificate of Excellence, and their app videos will be featured on the House website. Find out if your district is eligible and access resources for students and teachers online.

Deadline: April 30, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT), for final app entries

For more information, click HERE.


Interactive Intelligence Foundation

The primary mission of the Interactive Intelligence Foundation is to utilize available resources and funding to foster life improvements for at-risk youth.The foundation raises and distributes funds based on the following general guidelines:

  • Funds raised by the foundation are distributed to a small number of not-for-profit organizations roughly commensurate with the Interactive Intelligence employee distribution in Indiana (66%), Non-Indiana U.S. (19%), and Non-U.S. (15%).
  • Monetary distribution decisions are made one time each year by the foundation’s board of directors.
  • Special emphasis is placed on projects that promote technology education amongst the targeted at-risk youth sector.
  • At the decision of the board of directors, a portion of the foundation’s funds may be directed at times to assist world crises or natural disasters.
  • 100% of monetary donations go to designated causes
  • Funds are raised by the Foundation through individual contributions, corporate donations, and fundraisers. Interactive Intelligence has agreed to fund and/or provide all administrative and management tasks associated with the Foundation, so 100% of all monetary donations are distributed to designated causes.
  • Requests for funds from the Interactive Intelligence Foundation are considered annually, reviewed at the end of each calendar year for funding in the following year.
  • The Interactive Intelligence Foundation is a non-profit corporation, incorporated in the state of Indiana. Applicable tax deductions may be available to contributors. Contributors should consult a tax specialist for additional information.

The opportunity to request funds to support your organization in 2014 will open on Monday, October 14, 2013 and close on Friday, November 15, 2013. Decisions will be communicated by December 20, 2013.  Apply for these funds through Interactive Intelligence Foundation.