Project Access

Project Access

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While the nation faces a growing need to fill a gap in cyber-workforce shortages, there is a greater need for the nation to address the lack of diversity seen in cyber professions.

Project Access aims to support programming options of local and state agencies by offering cyber education opportunities for blind and visually impaired students through immersive experiences that are fully compatible with assistive technology such as screen readers or magnification software. This gives blind and visually impaired students the confidence and knowledge necessary to pursue higher education and technology careers.

CISA

 

   Funded by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

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Robotics Camp

Build a working robot

Create programs to control sensors & components

Create sounds & music with a Piezo speaker

Obstacle avoidance navigation

Terrain navigation

Student-led presentation

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Linux Access Icon
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Linux & Web Development Camp

Basic Linux programming

Passwords, information storage, & data transfer

Tracking network paths

Create personal website using HTML

Student-led presentations

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Extra-curricular Activities

Ready-to-implement activities, such as scenario-based cybersecurity investigations & virtual cyber challenges

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What participants are saying:

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Creating a website for the first time was challenging but learning the ins and outs of how to create one was rewarding. Thank you DBVI for all the wonderful opportunities and memories over the years and exciting times ahead!
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Alexis Williamson
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Leap into Linux student, now Student Classroom Assistant and Mentor
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Because of the excellent partnership for many years with CYBER.ORG a number of students that are blind or vision impaired in the Commonwealth of Virginia have entered into further training and career pathways in the Informational Technology field. The Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired is most grateful for such a great collaborative relationship.
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Dr. R. L. Mitchell, CRC
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Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
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As a rehab tech specialist, I have enjoyed assisting our students at the Robotics and Linux camps. However, it has been even more exciting to later on meet a number of them again in the community, and find that they are going on to college to study in various STEM fields. The camps have helped open up the technology world to them.
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Shawn Corcoran
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Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
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Camps
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Physics Camp

May 13 to May 15

Burlington, VT

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Linux Camp

June 27 to July 1

Richmond, VA

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Robotics Camp

July 18 to July 22

Conway, AR

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Robotics Camp

July 25 to July 29

Portland, ME

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Linux Camp

August 1 to August 5

Kalamazoo, MI

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Want to get involved?
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Project Access is always looking for community and industry partners to connect with our students and encourage them they have the potential to pursue education and careers in technology fields.