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Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

The report NCD-ODEP National Online Dialogue: Encouraging People with Disabilities to Pursue Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): Participation Metrics summarizes the dialogue’s results and includes the top ideas submitted by participants, determined by the number of votes. To view the report, click on this link: View File.

The White House's Champions of Change are proving that when the playing field is level, people with disabilities can excel in STEM, develop new products, create scientific inventions, open successful businesses, and contribute equally to the economic and educational future of our country. And that is why NCD and ODEP hosted this dialogue – to gather insight, ideas and recommendations on how to take the necessary steps to ensure job opportunities in the STEM fields are open to everyone, including people with disabilities, and that individuals with disabilities are able to secure and succeed in those positions.

The following two questions were considered during this dialogue:

  • Question 1:
    What can be done to encourage people with disabilities to pursue careers in the STEM fields?
  • Question 2:
    What can be done to support the successful employment of individuals with disabilities in the growing STEM fields?

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Educate School Admissions Depts.

I obtained my BS in biochemistry in 2004, and then went looking for a PhD program for a decade in the field of cancer biology. Despite a great undergraduate record, including 3 years of novel research, good GRE scores, etc., I never got into one of them. Right now I am beginning to study rehabilitation counseling at Auburn University (my third master's degree program; finished the previous two in biology and public ...more »

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Better qualifications for Interpreters

As someone else described, ASL and other interpreters are often not qualified in terms of the content to work in STEM settings. interpreter training has improved now that certification by the registry interprets the requires an interpreter holds a bachelors degree. however there is still great room for improvement of interpreters who work in medical and scientific arenas. federal agencies such as the National Institutes ...more »

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Accessible Workplace Settings

Supported Broadband Access, Helpers, Disability Hiring Adv

What many of us need since a number of us already have the education is: 1) supported universal access to fiber/DSL broadband where we live 2) Physical support at least once a week around the home. If we are placing our limited energies on the job, we have less energy to meet daily/monthly living needs like housework, errands, grocery shopping, etc. 3) Disability awareness and advantage hiring practices that can be ...more »

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Training

Major Worker Group & Cost Cutting Industries

STEM is not the answer if leads to repetitive unemployment resulting from unstable markets. This topic really about labor markets because all the education, training and accessibility is for naught if jobs are limited or not available. It has been a firefight to stay employed in a STEM career. I started my career as a nurse but was not allowed to get licensed due to newly legislated physical requirements. Timing as today ...more »

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Teach Nemeth and computer codes to all blind children

The earlier one learns to read and write braille, the more likely that mastery is achieved. Strong braille skills in STEM-related codes enable blind persons to examine, analyze, and solve problems independently and effectively. Solving problems manually helps to create a foundation of STEM understanding that can subsequently be leveraged with the aid of computers. Introducing computers too early can inhibit core understanding. ...more »

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