Accessibility Pledge

For CSforALL to truly be for all, we must include students with disabilities. To address this gap CSforALL and AccessCSforALL are joining together to launch the CSforALL Accessibility Pledge to rally the national community of CS education content creators, program providers, educational institutions, researchers and investors to take immediate steps to achieve accessibility for existing efforts, and ensure that future efforts address accessibility within the design phase.

Currently, over one hundred organizations have taken the CSforALL Accessibility Pledge. In doing so, they have joined a team of peers working to make #CSforALL truly inclusive by committing to take action to make their programs, products, and investments meet the needs of the approximately 7.6 million students with disabilities in the nation.

Accessibility Pledge makers can select from four categories: Content Creators, Program Providers, School Districts/Education Associations, and Investors. Organizations may fit into more than one category, and can choose the pledge areas most relevant to them.

Image Title: 2018 Accessibility Pledge: Organizations Pledging to Address Accessibility in CS Education Logo: CSforALL Logo: AccessCSforALL Image: Six figures including adults and children with disabilities engaged in various activities. Header: For CSforALL to be truly for ALL, we must include students with disabilities. The organizations listed below – representing the national community of CS education content creators, program providers, educational institutions, researchers and investors – pledge to take immediate steps to achieve accessibility in existing projects and to ensure that future efforts address accessibility starting at the design phase. They also pledge to consider the inclusion of students with disabilities when making funding decisions and to focus research on disability in order to better serve all students. Body of the page Content Creators: AI4ALL, Beauty and Joy or Computing, Bootstrap, BrainPOP, Breach, Citizen Schools, CodeKey INC, codeSpark, CompuScholar, Inc, CSTeachingTips.org, Kodable, Learning Blade, Lord Fairfax Community College, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Mimir HQ, Mobile CSP, National Center for Women and Information, Technology (NCWIT), Popfizz Corp, Prime Access Consulting, Quorum Outreach &Research Foundation, Skoogmusic, Teq, UTeach Computer Science, Vidcode, Zyrobotics LLC Investors: 100Kin10, Access Computing Local Education Agencies: AC Prep Elementary, Broward County Public Schools, Candor Central School, CodeVA, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Educational Service District 105, Georgia Department of Education, Henry County Public Schools, Indiana Department of Education, Iraan High School, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, Lincoln Public Schools, Navajo Technical University Engineering, Nevada Department of Education, New York City DOE CS for All, North High School, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Parkland School District, Pomerene School District, Rhode Island DOE, Riverside Unified School District, Rutgers University, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), Tougaloo College, Val Verde Unified School District, Wayne State University Researchers: ACCESS, AccessCSforALL, Auburn University Laboratory for Education and Assistive Technology (LEAT), Changing Expectations, Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL), Digital Promise, Georgia Tech CEISMC, Grinnell Laboratory for Interactive Multimedia Experimentation and Research, Human-Automation Systems (HumAns) Lab, Mississippi State University Computer Science & Engineering Bulldog Bytes Program, Taskar Center for Accessible Technology Program Providers: Afterschool Alliance, Bok Academy, Code Explorers, Code in the Schools, Code Nation (fka ScriptEd), Constellations Center for Equity in Computing, CSforCLE, DEAF KIDS CODE, Digi-Bridge, Digital Harbor Foundation, Digital Impact Emerging Entrepreneurs, Inc., Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Who Code, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Hyland, Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, JOURNi, K12 STEM Camp, Learn Explore Design Lab, Lesley STEAM Learning Lab, MSU Women in Engineering, Recruitment and K-12 Outreach, National Girls Collaborative Project, Northeast Ohio STEM Ecosystem, OTL EDUCATION SOLUTIONS, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), Programming Pals, Project Lead The Way, ReigningIt, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, She STEMs, Sunset Spark, Team Cynthia, Save Sight, Tech Kids Unlimited, The Maryland School for the Blind, The National Math and Science Initiative, UAB Center for Community OutReach, Development (CORD), UT Austin STEM Center, When Doves Code Footer: CsforALL is the national hub for the Computer Science for All movement that works to enable all students in grades K-12 to achieve computer scienceliteracy as an integral part of their educational experience. www.csforall.org. If your organization would like to take the pledge, go to https://www.csforall.org/accessibility

Click here to view the list of Accessibility Pledge signees

 

While the community has rallied behind this important initiative, we continue to encourage others to join us in signing the pledge and help further the effort to make CSforALL truly be for all students.  The release of new Accessibility Pledge signatories will coincide with Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9, 2018.

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Note: Students with disabilities covers a large range including students with cognitive disabilities of various kinds (such as learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities), and various physical disabilities (such as blindness, deafness, and mobility/dexterity limitations).

Federal legislation including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 include guidance about accessible educational materials.

When referring to accessibility standards please refer to the following:

Read the CSforALL Medium post about the Accessibility Pledge to learn more.

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Advisory Committee

 

Andreas Stefik

Andreas Stefik is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the last decade, he has been creating technologies that make it easier for people, including those with disabilities, to write computer software. With grants from the National Science Foundation, Stefik helped establish the first national educational infrastructure for blind or visually impaired students to learn computer science. He is the inventor of Quorum, the first evidence-oriented programming language. The design of Quorum is based on rigorous empirical data from experiments on human behavior. As part of his work, Stefik is a PI on the NSF-funded AccessCSForAll grant that is helping prepare K-12 teachers to be more inclusive in their computing courses with students with disabilities. Finally, he was honored with the 2016 White House Champions of Change award in computer science education.

Daniela Marghitu

Daniela Marghitu, a faculty member in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at Auburn University since 1996, has published seven IT textbooks, over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers, and she gave numerous presentations at professional events in USA and Europe. She is the founder director of the Educational and Assistive Technology Laboratory; partner of AccessComputing, AccessCSforAll, and AccessEngineering NSF Alliances; CO-PI of NSF INCLUDES: South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM and PI of Computer Science for All (CS4ALL) inclusive K12 research and outreach projects. She is the recipient of the 2011 AccessComputing Capacity Building, 2012 Auburn University Access, 2012 SDPS Outstanding Achievement, 2015 DO-IT Trailblazer awards, 2017 IARIA and SDPS Fellowships. She is, since 2015, an appointed member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) congressionally mandated advisory committee to the NSF.

Emma Koslow

Emma Koslow is a high school senior and a disability advocate for computer science. She started coding with HTML and Scratch at six years, has currently learned almost 20 programming languages, and is the founder of Programming Pals, an online coding tutoring service for students with disabilities. For her work with Programming Pals, she has been recognized by NCWIT, Stanford She++, National Coding Week, and Girls Who Code. Emma also suffers from Misophonia, a rare neurological condition that causes severe sensitivity to sound and Motor and Vocal tic disorder.

Jennifer Rodriguez

In her 11 years of working in public media, from the time she served as a production assistant and researcher on the PBS KIDS Curious George website in 2007 to her current work directing the development of inclusive and personalized digital content for PBS KIDS, Rodriguez has collaborated with and led diverse teams of experts in: creating interactive learning experiences for children, educators, and families to help close achievement and opportunity gaps in literacy, math, and science; developing business and academic partnerships that drive innovation; analyzing the impact of PBS KIDS’ work to advance the field; and, above all, envisioning how to expand the PBS KIDS audience and the services they provide to the American public.

Maya Israel

Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of educational technology at the University of Florida where she leads the Creative Technology Research Lab (CTRL) in research related to K-12 computational thinking. Her primary areas of specialization include supporting students’ meaningful access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning with an emphasis on computational thinking and computer programming. She studies how to use instructional approaches such as Universal Design for Learning, metacognitive learning strategies, and technologies to help students become more successful learners.

Meredith Boyce

Meredith Boyce is a college student whose work in computer science is focused on making technology accessible for those with physical disabilities, specifically blindness and motor disabilities. This became her passion after she became blind and motor-impaired following a stroke. Faced with limited options for success, she taught herself and then others how to use their technological resources. She has been recognized for her work by NCWIT and the Obama White House’s Champions of Change program.

Meredith hopes to continue her work through research in the multi-faceted field of accessible technology. Her motto is “to find what makes you angry, and to go out into the world and change it.”

Richard Ladner

Richard E. Ladner is Professor Emeritus in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. After many years of research in theoretical computer science, he has turned his attention to accessibility technology research, especially technology for deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing, and blind people. In addition to research, he is active in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities in computing fields. He is the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded AccessComputing and AccessCSforAll.

Shireen Hafeez

Shireen Hafeez is a mother of a deaf/hard of hearing son who founded a nonprofit organization called DEAF KIDS CODE. She started this after being in advocacy and activism for kids like her child. Hafeez believes that the digital age is the great equalizer and computer science skills will allow greater participation in our world for the next generation. Computer science is to her a matter of human rights, self determination, and workforce development.

Todd Lash

Todd Lash is a doctoral student in Special Education at Creative Technology Research Lab, University of Illinois. His research interests include investigating the integration of CS into k-5 mathematics curricula and the study of how Universal Design For Learning (UDL) may be used as a way to engage all learners, including students with disabilities, in CSed. Todd has made presentations on the use of UDL to increase access and opportunity in CSed at multiple research and practitioner-focused conferences, including SIGCSE, UDL-IRN, and CSTA and is an active professional development provider. Todd previously worked as a K-5 educator for seventeen years.

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How to Get Involved

To become a member of CSforALL, first review the Membership Guidelines. If you meet the membership criteria, complete this form1. We will be reviewing applications and approving new members during the first week of every month. You will hear from us shortly thereafter!

Benefits of Membership

CSforALL members will benefit primarily through the increased visibility of their work to states, districts, schools, and other implementing partners, as well as funders and policy makers. Additionally, CSforALL sees its role as an initiator of community, and members may be invited to participate or share events where they are the target community/audience. As CSforALL evolves and grows under the guidance of the Steering Committee, there may be other benefits.

Responsibilities of Members

Members will be asked to:

  • Create and maintain a CSforALL landing page or resource collection on their website2
  • Provide CSforALL with a logo and URL to display on the website
  • Respond to annual requests from CSforALL for data or reporting of activities/commitments regarding CS education activities (e.g., number of teachers trained, schools impacted, student numbers and demographics, etc.)

1 If your membership is approved, the information you provided for the required fields will be used to create your public membership profile on the CSforALL site. Please do not include any private or confidential information.
2 If a member’s content is explicitly focused on CS education, the member’s primary home page may be used as the CSforALL landing page.