NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative:  The Alliance for Persons with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM (TAPDINTO-STEM)

Based on the work of the NSF Research in Disability Education Alliances


We are NSF INCLUDES Alliance:  The Alliance of Students with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM (TAPDINTO-STEM).  Welcome to our website where we share resources, news, and as we forge our alliance, ways to engate with us for collective impact.

Through the collective impact of the NSF INCLUDES TAPDINTO-STEM Alliance, persons with disabilities nationwide will be empowered to succeed in STEM disciplines by:

  • Increasing the quality of students with disabilities completing associate, undergraduate, and graduate degreees in STEM.

  • Facilitating the transition of students with disabilities from STEM degree completion into the STEM workforce.

  • Enhancing communication and collaboration among institutions of highter education, industry, government, national labs, and local communities to address the education needs of students with disabilties in STEM disciplines.


The Research in Disabilities Education Synthesis Project has shown that over the last decade our understanding of factors related to the STEM education of students with disabilities has increased; however, the ideal postsecondary education for students with disabilities who are interested in and have the capacity for a STEM degree and career has yet to be realized.”

Linda P. Thurston
Cindy Schuman
B. Jan Middendorf
Cassandra Johnson

Meet the college and universities working toward expanding pathways for college students with disabilities interested in STEM degrees and careers.

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columbus state university
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Point Loma Nazarene University
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News and Resources

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