August 25-26, 2017 at Auburn University

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 28, 2017

Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. The South East Alliance for Persons with Disabilities in STEM (SEAPD-STEM) builds on the success of the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in STEM (AASD-STEM) and adds an addition 16 institutions to the program, for a total of 21 participating colleges and universities in six states and Washington, D.C.

The 2017 AASD-STEM/SEAPD-STEM Annual Conference will be hosted by Auburn University on August 25-26. The conference will provide all SEAPD-STEM participants with networking opportunities. Scholars will have an opportunity to present their research; speakers will present information on topics such as self-advocacy issues, preparation needed prior to applying to graduate school, and relevant programs and accommodations available to students with disabilities; faculty members will receive training for implementing the SEAPD-STEM Bridge program on their campuses; and executive committee members will participate in planning sessions to develop the INCLUDES proposal to be submitted in late 2017.

Conference Venue: Shelby Center for Engineering Technology, Auburn University

Agenda: The conference will begin with a working dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, August 25, and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, August 26. See a detailed agenda here.

Registration: Please complete the online registration form by Friday, July 28, 2017.

Accommodation: Conference participants will stay at The Hotel at Auburn University. (Attendees other than project personnel and students will be responsible for their own hotel arrangements).

Meals: As part of the conference, we will provide dinner on Friday, August 25 and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, August 26.

Parking: Parking is available for guests at the hotel, and parking will also be available on campus near the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. Auburn University's zoned parking restrictions will not be enforced after 5:00 Friday afternoon or on Saturday. See a campus map here - nearby parking lots are indicated with blue rectangles.

Traveling to Auburn: The most convenient airport for traveling to Auburn is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. From there, Auburn University is a 100-mile drive along I-85 South. As an additional option to a rental car, shuttle transportation is available from Groome Transportation.

Accessibility: Auburn University seeks to provide an accessible and hospitable learning and working environment for all. We welcome and encourage persons with disabilities to participate in our conference. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, please indicate your needs in the online registration form. If you have any questions regarding accessibility or accommodations, please contact us at includes@auburn.edu or 334-844-4672.

Conference Presentations:

Emma Youndtsmith:  Engineering for Accessibility: Screen Readers are not Enough

Tamara Massey-Garrett & Glen Ray:  Interacting with Your College Professor; Students with Disabilities Navigating Their Way Through a Postsecondary Setting; The 3 R's of Disability Support Services

Andreas Stefik:  On the Quorum Programming Langauge and including Exceptional People in Computer Science


For more information, please direct inquiries to includes@auburn.edu.