Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship Program

The National Federation of the Blind administers an accessibility inclusion fellowship program under a non-visual accessibility initiative grant from the State of Maryland.

It was an honor to be among the first group of college faculty to be awarded a Blind Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship. Being able to work with the staff at the National Federation of the Blind to become informed about accessibility has transformed the way I think, and in turn, has allowed me to enhance my students' understanding of the power they will have to suggest and implement concrete strategies to ensure that organizations integrate accessibility into information systems when they enter the work world. — Susan Vowels, DBA

The Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship is a one-year fellowship awarded by the National Federation of the Blind to three Maryland professors to assist them integrate accessibility into their curriculum and incorporate nonvisual teaching methods in at least one course. In addition to providing a 2,000 dollar financial award to each professor, we work individually with the professors/instructors to brainstorm solutions to their accessibility challenges, help them develop and implement an accessibility action plan, and provide meaningful educational resources and tools.

As a result of their enhanced knowledge and skills, our Accessibility Fellows create greater access to their courses by all students, while empowering their students to enculturate accessibility in their future endeavors. Students with these skills are in extreme demand in the marketplace.
 
Our work with the Accessibility Fellows will include:

  • Meetings with the NFB access technology team and other staff members to educate, inform, and problem-solve various strategies for making courses accessible.
  • Tours of the NFB, including our International Braille and Technology Center (IBTC), an extremely  thorough collection of nonvisual access technology.
  • Classroom presentations by the NFB’s access tech specialists.
  • Student presentations to our access tech specialists, who then provide feedback to the students.
  • Accessibility resources and materials.
  • Recommendations of upcoming, relevant accessibility seminars, conferences, and boutiques

2024 Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship Application

Take advantage of this opportunity to start including accessibility concepts in your course offering.

The Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship Application is now closed. Please check back in the future.

The National Federation of the Blind administers the Accessibility Inclusion Fellowship program under a non-visual accessibility initiative grant from the State of Maryland. Your existing course does not need to have an accessibility component. If chosen, the NFB will work with you through our Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to enhance your course curriculum to include accessibility concepts by providing consultation and assistance with course instruction.

We look forward to the continued progress of equal access to information and technologies with your help. Together, we turn dreams into reality

Our Fellows

Current 2023 Fellows

Susan Lamont, PhD
Anne Arundel Community College
School of Science 
Course: Botany Lab

Isabell May, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland School of Health Science
Course: Science Communication Principles

Scott Riley, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Course: Pharmaceutical Data Analytics

Jason Farman, PhD
University of Maryland, College Park
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Department of American Studies 
Courses: Advanced Digital Media Theory and American Culture in the Information Age

2022 Fellows

Kelly Keane, PhD
Loyola University
School of Education
Course: Learner-Centered Education

Akinyele Oni, PhD
Morgan State University
School of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Department of Biology
Course: Introductory Biology I for Non-Majors

Laura Rose, PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department of Psychology
Course: Introduction to Psychology

2021 Fellows

Michael Scott Brown, PhD
Program Director, Computer Science
University of Maryland Global Campus
Course: Software Design and Implementation, Information and Technology Department

Brendan Diamond
Howard Community College
Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy
Course: Elementary Astronomy and its corresponding lab

Janice Stencil
Assistant Professor and Statistics Coordinator
Carroll Community College
Course: Introduction to Statistical Methods, Division of Mathematics and Engineering

2020 Fellow

Renee F. Hill
Principal Lecturer
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies
Course: Diverse Populations, Inclusion & Information

2019 Fellows

Joyram Chakraborty, PhD
Associate Professor
Towson University
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Course: Human Computer Interaction

Austin A. Lobo
Associate Professor
Washington College
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Course: Database Systems

Susan Vowels, DBA
Constance F. and Carl W. Ferris
Associate Professor and Chair
Washington College
Department of Business Management
Course: Management Information Systems