Ohio’s STEM Ability Alliance (OSAA) is a coalition of Ohio stakeholders established to increase the number of students with disabilities that earn degrees and enter employment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In seeking to grow the proportion of people with disabilities working in STEM, OSAA joins its sponsor the National Science Foundation, in the task of maintaining and building US global competitiveness by increasing the participation of underrepresented individuals in critical science and engineering professions.
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OSAA is composed of cooperating regional "QUADs", each including a major 4-year research university, a 2-year community college, regional public schools and STEM industry and government partners that work together to address alliance goals.
The Dayton QUAD is anchored at Wright State University. Wright State is joined by Sinclair Community College, SW Ohio high schools like the Dayton Regional STEM School, and industrial and goverment partners that include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The Columbus QUAD is directed by the Ohio State University and includes Columbus State Community College and local high schools including Metro High School and the Ohio State School for the Blind. Business partners include Battelle, Nationwide, American Electric Power and the IDEAL Group in Columbus.
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OSAA universities and colleges provide a wide range of tailored activities, academic supports and enrichment opportunities to STEM students with disabilities in the Junior and Senior years of High School, 2 and 4-year College programs and Graduate School. OSAA is supported by its secondary school partners through recruiting assistance and by its STEM government and industry partners through student placements.
OSAA programming at the high school level is aimed at facilitating the recruitment and transition of students with disabilities to college STEM degree programs. One of our key recruiting activities is Diverse-Ability U., an annual 5-day residential campus experience for 11th and 12th grade students with disabilities.
At the college level, OSAA provides supports and STEM enrichment opportunities to promote retention, graduation and successful entry to the STEM workforce or graduate education. Interventions focusing on these objectives within the individual QUADs include: