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Science Education for Students with Disabilities exists to promote and advance the teaching of science and the development of curricula and instructional materials for students at all levels, with any manners of disability in the learning process.

The Goals of SESD are:

  1. To disseminate information concerning the development of science materials and strategies for accommodations for students with special needs;
  2. To promote science as a variable career option for students with disabilities;
  3. To develop publications that deal with science for students with disabilities;
  4. To stimulate research related to the general area of science education for students with disabilities;
  5. To collaborate with other organizations with similar purposes;
  6. To utilize and work with technologies and strategies that impact both teachers and students with disabilities in the science learning environment.

The SESD Newsletter is published to keep our members and others abreast of what is currently happening on the national as well as international level in science for students with disabilities.

The newsletter contains items such as:
Officers with Addresses
Resources Web Sites
Teacher and Student Successes
Reports of Annual Meeting
Short Articles
Special NSTA projects and awards
Forms for membership (new and renewal)
News concerning members
President's Column
Calendar of Events
Sessions at NSTA meeting that promote science for students with disabilities
Fund-Raising activities .

Send information about the newsletter to the newsletter editor:
Laureen Summers
AAAS, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20005
202-326-6649; 202-371-9849 (FAX)

Journal of Science for Persons with Disabilities
The JSPD is published annually by SESD and is dedicated to addressing science issues for persons with disabilities, especially those in educational settings. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed. You are encouraged to share views of the status of science for persons with disabilities, effective teaching practices, curricula and exemplary work samples that are student produced. Use APA style, double-space with wide margins, and submit three copies of the manuscript (if printed). If accepted, contributors will be asked to send manuscripts on disk, using either Microsoft Word (Macintosh) (preferred) or WordPerfect 5.1 (IBM). The cover page should include:
Author's position
Author's address
A running head (abbreviated title that appears on each page with page number)
A one-paragraph abstract.


Send manuscripts and reviews to:
Dr. Larry Quinsland
1250 Telephone Road
Rush, NY 14543

Examples of articles in past issues have been: "The Learning Cycle: Teaching to the Strengths of Students with LD in the Science Classroom." "Enhancing the Learning Environment for Deaf Students in the Science Classroom." "Science for Students Challenged by Autism." "Teaching Math & Science to Special Needs Students."

Now in its fourth year, the Scadden Award which is co-sponsored by RASEM (Regional Alliance for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities) New Mexico State University and SESD (Science Education for Students with Disabilities), recognizes excellence in science teaching for students with disabilities. You can download a Scadden award application by clicking here.(The application is published in Portable Document Format (PDF) and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat, click here to download it for FREE.) For more information, please contact Awards Chair, Peter Veronesi, at To view past winners of the Scadden Award, please click here.

The SESD also sponsors the Lifetime Service Award for Outstanding Contributions in Science Education for Students with Disabilities. For more information about this award, please click here.

A bibliography of over 1,000 publications published between 1924 and 1994 relating to science education for students with disabilities is available from SESD. The bibliography was compiled by SESD members and leaders Ben Thompson, George Davis, Greg Stefanich, and Janet Mansfield Davis, and includes references to journal articles, books, paper presentations at NSTA conventions, school government monographs etc. concerning students with all types of disabilities, as well as addresses of curriculum developers. The bibliography is also available through the ERIC Clearinghouse (ED374998 - Oct. '94).

SESD Membership - Dues include a subscription to the Newsletter, published semi-annually, information regarding the annual SESD meeting, an annual journal (Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities), and a member directory. Please complete and return the following form with your dues.