Increasing Access and Success in the STEM Disciplines: A Model for Supporting the Transition of High School Students with Disabilities into STEM-Related Postsecondary Education

The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), in collaboration with Maine EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), has developed and evaluated a model for supporting the transition of Maine high school students with disabilities into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related postsecondary educational opportunities within the University of Maine System.

The model and this publication were developed as part of the Maine EPSCoR: Increasing Access and Success in the STEM Disciplines project (2011-2014), supported by a National Science Foundation EPSCoR award #EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. ​The model contains a package of evidenced-based transition supports that can be used  ​by educators or instructors with high school students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing STEM​-related ​postsecondary  ​​education and careers. The publication contains information and instructional activities related to the following: self-advocacy and self-determination; exploring STEM careers; disability disclosure; the accommodations process in college; identifying assistive technology; mentoring relationships and internships; and using student- and family-centered planning to  prepare​ for college.

Download the individual sections of the publication from the links below:

Cover and Acknowledgements (7-page PDF)

Table of Contents, Introduction and Universal Design for Learning (4-page PDF)

Section One: STEM Careers and You (42-page PDF)

Section Two: Getting What You Need (41-page PDF)

Section Three: Making it Meaningful (5-page PDF)

Section Four: College Bound (55-page PDF)

Section Five: Person-Centered Planning Toolbox (33-page PDF)

Bibliography (4-page PDF)

Download the STEM Model (191-page PDF) here.Download the entire publication as a single file (191-page PDF)

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Suggested Citation

Kendrick, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., May, J. and Kurtz, A. (2014). Increasing access and success in the STEM disciplines: A model for supporting the transition of high school students with disabilities into STEM-related postsecondary education. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies and Maine EPSCoR. Retrieved from the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies website at https://ccids.umaine.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/26/2015/03/Increasing-Access-Success-STEM-Disciplines.pdf