About SciAccess

SciAccess –The Science Accessibility Conference— is a two-day event
taking place in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University
on June 28 and 29, 2019.

SciAccess –The Science Accessibility Conference— is a two-day event taking place in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University on June 28 and 29, 2019.

Background Image Description: Purple animation of stars breezing by the viewer (above) and NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Whirlpool Galaxy (below). Credits: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith, and STScI/AURA

SciAccess is dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to equitable science access.

It will explore the ways in which science and STEM as a whole can be made more inclusive, particularly for individuals with disabilities.

SciAccess will address societal and educational barriers to science faced by students, professionals, researchers, and members of the public who have disabilities.

The conference aims to connect university researchers, professors, students, K-12 science teachers, disability rights advocates, astronomers, scientists with disabilities, special education teachers, informal science educators, and anyone with interests that lie at the intersection of science and the need to provide equal access to it.

SciAccess will feature Keynote Speakers Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned autism advocate and professor of animal science, and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.

This inaugural SciAccess Conference is being funded by The Ohio State University President’s Prize, an initiative founded in 2017 by OSU President Dr. Michael V. Drake. SciAccess is part of a yearlong project focused on disability inclusion in science and astronomy. For further updates, follow Astronomy Accessibility Project Coordinator Anna Voelker on Twitter @Anna_Voelker.

In addition to the President's Prize, SciAccess is supported by generous sponsorships from the OSU Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics and the OSU Innovation Studio. Thank you to our sponsors for making this exciting event possible!

SciAccess is dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to equitable science access.

It will explore the ways in which science and STEM as a whole can be made more inclusive, particularly for individuals with disabilities.

SciAccess will address societal and educational barriers to science faced by students, professionals, researchers, and members of the public who have disabilities.

The conference aims to connect university researchers, professors, students, K-12 science teachers, disability rights advocates, astronomers, scientists with disabilities, special education teachers, informal science educators, and anyone with interests that lie at the intersection of science and the need to provide equal access to it.

SciAccess will feature Keynote Speakers Dr. Temple Grandin, renowned autism advocate and professor animal science, and Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer.

This inaugural SciAccess Conference is being funded by The Ohio State University President’s Prize, an initiative founded in 2017 by OSU President Dr. Michael V. Drake. SciAccess is part of a yearlong project focused on disability inclusion in science and astronomy. For further updates, follow Astronomy Accessibility Project Coordinator Anna Voelker on Twitter @Anna_Voelker.

Section Background Image Description: NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Whirlpool Galaxy
Credits: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)


Key Dates:

March 25: Scholarship applications due

April 18: Speaker proposals due

May 17: CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS DUE

June 28 and 29: SciAccess dates

Blue 3D model of the Whirlpool Galaxy

Image Description: Blue 3D model of the Whirlpool Galaxy, designed by the 3D printing team of the Space Telescope Science Institute. The 3D printed galaxy is being held by a student at the Maryland School for the Blind during an astronomy outreach event.