2016 NCWIT Summit — “Including Students with Disabilities in the Computing Education Pipeline” Workshop by Richard Ladner
Approximately 14% of K-12 students are identified as having a disability with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 Plans. With national initiatives such as CS10K and CS for All, inclusion of underrepresented groups in computing courses has become paramount at the K-12 level. Approximately 10% of college students have a disability, and only about 4% of PhDs have disabilities. Improving the representation of students with disabilities in computing higher education and in the computing workforce will help to improve innovation because of their skills and perspectives. In this workshop, we will explore the barriers to inclusion of these students and how these barriers can be overcome. Indeed, technology itself can help break down the barriers.