New Website Resource: Consortium Accessible Geoscience Field Schools
As a result of several successful field courses and trips offered for students with disabilities over the past years, the IAGD is working to establish the IAGD Consortium of Accessible Field Courses. We are extending the online resource development initiated by Kera Judy, Field Instructor at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Environmental Education Center, and teaming up with Phil Stokes from the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. We have started by compiling a list of geoscience field trips, courses, camps, programs, and internships that are, or are planning to be accessible for students with disabilities.
This accessible field course consortium will be a key resource for students with disabilities who need to complete a field course or camp for their undergraduate program requirements, and who therefore can enroll as a transient student to take one of the accessible field courses away from their home institution.
The current list of courses can be found here: www.theiagd.org/resources/accessible-field-courses/. This is not currently a complete list, as several accessible courses aren’t listed yet and many others are in the planning stages of redevelopment. Additionally, we are creating a map, with detailed information about each course.
If your school is interested in promoting an accessible field course, we want to hear from you! Please send us a few of sentences (title, contact person, content focus of the course, duration, location, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is also a great place to list courses that are in development or in process of being made accessible and inclusive of students with various disabilities. Also, if you have any suggestions for additional courses, we can consider those “future” opportunities as well.
We are also actively seeking industry partners who may be interested in supporting this consortium.