2020 ISLAND Conference

Register here for the 2020 ISLAND Conference

Independence Science is announcing The 11th annual Inclusion in Science, learning a New Direction, Conference on Disability (ISLAND). This year's conference will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Eastern Time. Registration is free by Sep. 1. Go to www.islandconference.org to register and see the schedule of presentations. 

A Zoom link will be provided to all registered conference participants on Friday, September 11, 2020. Since we will be using the Zoom platform, questions will be handled by placing comments in the chat, or by using the raise hand command (“Alt Y”) to take questions. The moderator will unmute you when you are called upon to ask your question. Note, most presentations will be recorded, so by raising your hand, you are consenting to being recorded. If you would prefer to use the chat, the moderator will address these questions as time permits.

The ISLAND conference serves as a forum for access technology developers, science educators, rehabilitation professionals, and educational researchers to network and share their experiences with how they have promoted the inclusion of persons with disabilities into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study. Come and learn what is being done to promote inclusion in the STEM classroom for students with disabilities! If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail the conference organizers at island@princeton.edu. We are looking forward to your participation at this year's ISLAND conference. 

The 11th annual ISLAND conference is sponsored in part by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, the Princeton University Office of Information Technology, Princeton University Campus Conversations on Identities, and Independence Science. 

This year's conference is free and open to the general public, as well as to Princeton University students, staff, and faculty. All are welcome! 

2018 ISLAND Conference

Attendees convene for the 2018 ISLAND Conference held at Princeton University.

Dr. Cary Supalo

Dr. Cary Supalo, blind chemist and accessibility expert at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). 

2020 ISLAND Conference Schedule:

(All times are listed in Eastern Time (GMT -4:00)

9:00 AM. Welcome and Introductions

9:05 AM. Independent laboratory learning for students who are blind or low vision.  Presenter: Dr. Siegbert Schmid,  University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Co-Authors: Dr. Alice E. Motion, University of Sydney; Dr. Cary A. Supalo, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey; Jasodhara Bhattacharya, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; Dr. Peter J. Rutledge, Dr. Stephen George-Williams, Dr. Reyne Pullen, & Dr. David Evans, University of Sydney.   

9:30AM. Making Scientific and Technical Materials Pervasively Accessible. Presenter: Dr. Jason J.G. White, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey.

9:55 AM. Chemistry for All: Developing Web Standards for the Interaction of Chemical Notation and Screen Reader Software. Presenter: Dr. Stefan M. Kilyanek, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

10:20 AM. Tea & Coffee Break

10:35 AM. Promoting Diversity and Accessibility and Developing BVI STEM Outreach Activities with Volunteer Research Scientists. Presenter: Dr. Daniel Steinberg, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Co-Authors: Shafayat Hossain, Nick Garcia & Nikita Dutta, Princeton University.  

11:00 AM. An Artificial Intelligence Tool for Accessible Science Education. Presenter: Jacob Watters, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado. Co-Authors: Dr. April Hill, Dr. Feng Jiang & Dr. Melissa Weinrich, Metropolitan State University.  

11:25 AM. Digital Plant Growing System for Accessible Biology Education. Presenter: Alexander Lyubomirov, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado. Co-Authors: Dr. April Hill, Dr. Feng Jiang, Metropolitan State University; & Dr. Melissa Weinrich, University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado.

11:50 AM. Making analytical chemistry accessible to blind and vision impaired students. Presenter: Dr. Alycia Palmer, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.

12:15 PM. Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:15PM. 2020 ISLAND Conference keynote speaker: Maureen Hayden. Marine Biology IDP Program. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Title: Science Without Sight; Research from Another Perspective

 “Hindsight is 2020”. That’s what I like to tell myself after reviewing an experiment that didn’t work out and realizing what went wrong. That being said, I’ve never known what 2020 vision actually looks like. I was born legally blind and I do not see out of my right eye and am legally blind in my left eye. As a legally blind graduate student at Texas A&M University I’ve not only had to get creative in problem solving for my research, but I’ve also had to problem solve to accommodate my visual needs both in the field and in the lab. Some creative problem solving techniques are a result of advancing technology, some techniques are more analogue, and some were inspired by Helen Keller. In this talk I will demonstrate and share with you some of the assistive technology and tools that I use to accomplish research as a marine biologist including field work out on the beach, SCUBA diving, performing dissections, working with reagents, using microscopes, and accessing primary literature.

Concurrent Session 1:

1:30 PM. Efficiency in STEM: The intersection of Usability and Accessibility. Presenter: Dr. Vincent Martin, Regions Bank, Atlanta, Georgia.

1:55 PM. An Accessible CURE: Course- Based Undergraduate Research Experiences for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students. Presenter: Dr. Todd Pagano, Laboratory Science Technology Program, National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Co-Authors: Annemarie D. Ross & Susan Smith Pagano, Rochester Institute of Technology.

2:20 PM. The PLAYground: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virtual STEM Summer Camp. Presenter: Emma Monson, Krista Schumacher, and Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Concurrent Session 2:

1:30 PM. SciAccess: Making Space for Everyone. Anna Voelker, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Co-Author: Michaela Deming, The Ohio State University.

1:55 PM.  Quorum Lego Robotics. Gina Fugate. Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland. 

2:20 PM. Caroline Karbowski. See 3D – 3D Printing for People who are Blind. See 3D Inc. and The Ohio State University, Columbus, The Ohio State University.

2:45 PM. Tea & Coffee Break

3:00 PM. Rules for reducing Ambiguity in Spoken Mathematics. Presenter: Dr. Mick Isaacson, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana.

3:25 PM. Accessing and understanding graphical information for the Blind: How to. Presenter: Dr. Ashley Nashleanas, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa & Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.

3:50 PM. Intelligent Assistants for More Effective Multisensory Exploration of Digital Images. Presenter: Dr. Bradley S. Duerstock, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

4:15 PM. Design + Disability: Building the next generation of inclusive designers. Presenter: Kate Ganim, , Born Just Right/Made Just Right, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
 Co-Author: Anaiss Arreola, Born Just Right/Made Just Right.

4:40 PM. Applying Universal Design Principles in Identifying Accessibility Solutions for Students in STEM Disciplines. Presenter: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Co-Author: Ainsley Latour, IDEA-STEM. 

5:05 PM. Concluding Remarks.

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