Passing along this announcement from the CSTA Blast announcement list. Computer science has a lot of opportunity to help differently abled people but to maximize the value need to think about including them in the process.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) has announced the availability of mini-grant funding as an incentive for collaborative projects to efficiently increase the participation of K-12 youth with disabilities in computer science. These mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between participants from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to encourage youth with disabilities to explore and/or pursue computer science educational programs and careers. Mini-grant applications are due on November 30, 2011. Collaborative projects must take place between January 1, 2012 and October 31, 2012. Visit the CSCP website www.cscproject.org to download the application form and learn more about the mini-grants. Questions can be directed to grants@cscproject.org.

CSTA encourages you all to investigate ways in which you may be able to work on a collaborative project to reach out to youth with disabilities, many of whom have been positively impacted by the availability of innovative assistive technologies. They have been able to communicate, learn and work in ways that were not possible in the past. Let’s get them excited about being a part of the creative development process for future technologies.