March 2020: ISLAND (Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction) Conference on Disability and STEM now accepting abstracts

Contributed by Robert Jaquiss
Editor of Independence Science Newsletter

The Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction (ISLAND) conference on disability in STEM provides a forum to address how persons with disabilities can be more fully integrated into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions.

This forum provides a space for professionals,

students, researchers, access technology developers, parents, and service providers to meet and network with one another for this purpose.

Persons with disabilities are often prohibited from full participation in the STEM subject areas due to misconceptions leading to lack of opportunities in STEM courses. Further, employers and advanced degree programs may be skeptical about the capabilities of a person with a disability and their ability to compete on equal terms with their non-disabled counterparts. Persons with disabilities have to problem solve to overcome their physical and/or cognitive limitations for their entire lives. Therefore, the more methodological and technological innovations that can be designed and disseminated in a forum such

as the ISLAND conference serves to promote a community of practice for STEM educators to learn how a more inclusive and equitable STEM learning experience may be made possible.

Please come to the 2020 ISLAND conference to be held at Princeton University over the weekend of Friday, September 11, 2020 through Sunday, September 13.

More specific conference information will be forthcoming. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 11th annual ISLAND conference. For questions, please send an e-mail to the conference organizers at

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 3815 US Route 1 @ Mapleton Rd Princeton, New Jersey 08540.

To ensure you receive the conference rate, please reference the 2020 ISLAND conference when booking your reservation.

The ISLAND conference attendees seek to shift the paradigm of science access for all learners.

We are now accepting abstracts for presentations for the 2020 Island Conference. Abstracts must be received by May 15, 2020. Presenters will be notified by or before June 1, 2020.

For more information about the ISLAND conference, submitting abstracts, hotel reservations and registration; Please visit or click on the following: ISLAND 2020