The AAAS ENTRY
POINT! internship program, initiated in 1996, was developed to encourage
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students with
disabilities to apply their skills in a real-world professional
setting. Working with partners at IBM, NASA, NSF, JPMorgan Chase,
and Texas Instruments, ENTRY POINT! places high-achieving undergraduate
and graduate students in paid summer internships in private industry
and government agencies. Since its inception, the program has made
more than 400 placements, and many of the students have converted
to regular employment when they graduate. Others go on to graduate
studies. The internships are particularly valuable because they
offer mentoring and assistive technology which allows the entry
and advancement of individuals with all types and levels of disabilities
into competitive employment and research.
Students interested in finding out more about ENTRY POINT! and the
NASA program, ACCESS, can begin the application process on the website
Roadmaps and Rampways: Profiles of Students with Disabilities
in Science, Engineering, and Technology chronicles the personal
and educational journeys of three dozen ENTRY POINT! students, showing
how they bridged the gap between society constraints and scientific
pursuits. It also shows how the students were helped by assistive
technologies, supportive mentors and families, and legislation that
opened higher education to people with disabilities. The book, co-authored
by Virginia Stern, director of the AAAS Project on Science, Technology
and Disability, and science writer Michael Woods, focuses on useful
strategies for translating educational skills into the workplace.
It emphasizes that no "one-size-fits-all" approach accounts
for successful transitions beyond the classroom.
To order a copy of Roadmaps and Rampways, please call 1-800-222-7809.
The cover price of the book is $29.95; AAAS members can purchase
it at the discounted price of $23.95. For further information on
the Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, please contact
Virginia Stern, firstname.lastname@example.org