A multifaceted approach is certainly needed that includes AT to perform STEM activities as independently as possible as well as practical educational and training experiences for PWDs. STEM higher education and careers often require significant hands-on training, which can be difficult for PWDs. But there are many ways to overcome these physical obstacles. Unfortunately, attitudinal barriers can be as equally daunting to PWDs. This is not only due to a lack of education on the part of some educators and employers but many PWDs do not get the opportunity to understand what is required and how to navigate STEM fields. A recent booklet published through Science/AAAS, http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6185/765.3.summary, discusses many of these challenges.
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