Welcome to the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative: The Alliance for Students with Disabilities for Inclusion, Networking, and Transition Opportunities in STEM.


We are NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES INITIATIVE: 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 engage 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 quantity of students with disabilities completing associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in STEM.
  • Facilitating the transition of students with disabilities from STEM degree completion into the STEM workforce.
  • Enhancing communication and collaboration among institutions of higher education, industry, government, national labs, and local communities to address the education needs of students with disabilities 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 the 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 Shuman

B. Jan Middendorf

Cassandra Johnson

Thurston, L.P., Shuman, C., Middendorf, B. J., & Johnson, C. (2017).  Postsecondary STEM Education for Students with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from a Decade of NSF Funding.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 30(1), 49-60.

Meet the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative TAPDINTO-STEM Alliance of colleges and universities working towards expanding pathways for college students with disabilities interested in STEM degrees and careers.

Auburn University logo
Auburn University at Montgomery
Alabama State University
Tuskegee University
Middle Tennessee State University
The University of Tennessee Knoxville
University of Missouri Kansas City
Little Priest Tribal College
university of wisconsin milwaukee
Wichita State University
Troy University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University Yuma
University of Nevada Reno
columbus state university
Coconino Community College
University of Hawa'i Manoa
Northern Marianas college
Kapi'olani Community College
Southern Union State Community College
Utah State University
University of Washington
San Diego State University
university of alaska at anchorage
Point Loma Nazarene University
MiraCosta College
University of San Diego
The Ohio State University
Gallaudet University
Landmark College
Purdue University