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Ensure Web Applications are translatable

As someone who works in the STEM field, and with websites, I can say that many students in the STEM fields are from overseas, where English is not the first language. We need to ensure websites are translatable so that knowledge is accessible on a universal scale. (e.g. HTML lang="fr" to ensure the content is translatable into french -- see this page for more information: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/accessibility/training/language.html ...more »

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Employer Education on Interview Process

My student has said that he has gone to interviews, and when the interviewers saw him in person, they assumed that he could not perform certain physical tasks. They were unaware that "Abilities.org" had already certified him to be competent at his task. (Forgive me for not giving more specifics on Abilities.org, I am writing as the student is sitting besides me, and I want to get these thoughts down--I'll try to provide ...more »

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Adjust Work Schedule

There are many talented PWD, educated in STEM fields, who can work, but not for eight hours at a time. Very often work is physically demanding because of attendant illnesses. If a work schedule could be adjusted, that alone would provide an environment by which a PWD could be employed. For example, my student says that sometimes, while working, he will encounter spasms, and has to stop work. If schedules could be ...more »

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Employers need education on the ADA

I am writing on behalf of one of my students with disabilities. He says that one of the barriers to getting a job is that the employers are unfamiliar with ADA requirements, and that some of the paperwork for ADA says that anyone with a disability has to have adaptive equipment to fulfill the requirement for the job. Many employers are unaware of this, do not have the paperwork, or are unwilling to provide the assistive ...more »

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Camps for kids w/ disabilities about STEM

Has anyone heard of WizKidz Science and Technology Centers? Seems pretty cool that they hold various campus and other programs for kids with disabilities interested in STEM: "WizKidz Science and Technology Centers developed the S.T.E.A.D.Y Academy initiative to spark and enhance students' with disabilities interest in science and technology education, two areas that fall short for servicing students with disabilities. ...more »

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Employers Partnering with Advocacy Groups

This is an article about a startup, Ultra Testing, a software-testing firm. Some excerpts from the article: "ULTRA Testing was founded in 2012 by a pair of former MIT roommates, Rajesh Anandan and Art Shectman. Anandan, who also works as SVP of strategic partnerships for the global charity UNICEF, has always believed that people with disabilities are likely to have hidden talents that others fail to notice. "Even in ...more »

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Targeted Funding for PWD at All Career Levels

One of the biggest determinants of continuance and success in STEM careers is the availability of funding. NIH, NSF and other graduate fellowships, career awards and the like give researchers the freedom to pursue their own goals and give institutions the freedom to allow them to do it. If PWD were given targeted opportunities for these types of funding, their representation could be encouraged at all of these levels. ...more »

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Sign Language interpreting proficiency

(This may apply to other disability support services as well.) I have classified the topic as "accessible workplace" but this applies to interpreters for education also. How can a student pass a course, when the interpreter did not communicate it all? All too often, the interpreter just doesn't understand enough STEM to proficiently interpret the event. The interpreter's speciality is linguistics, not science. Many interpreters ...more »

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Access to professional conferences

For many STEM careers, professional conferences and more frequent/brief meetups are an important site for training and professional/career development. (We tend to think of academia here, but it's also very big in my own field of software engineering.) I don't have a solution exactly, but: there are lots of potential access problems (physical location, access to communication & materials for deaf and blind, I'm sure ...more »

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The working world falls far short on granting work related accommodations to those with physical and mental disabilities. As employees we fall short on requesting accommodations in our workplaces, for a multitude of reasons. Notably one of the leading offenders of taunting, humiliating and bullying their own (the disabled or different, often targeted) is the nursing profession, where such conduct requires a zero tolerance, ...more »

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Webinars and software tools for students

FYI on an upcoming webinar. This is from EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information): EASI Webinar: Math Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired Tuesday, August 12 at 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central and 2 PM Eastern Presenters: Dave Schleppenbach and Wunji Lau from gh, LLC Almost all STEM fields require high competence in mathematics, a subject that is notoriously difficult to effectively present to ...more »

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Mentoring and Career Development for Graduate Study

As a graduate student with an invisible disabilities, I have found that what has hindered my career in STEM the most are two things: the lack of mentors with disabilities and tailored career development. The majority of STEM training at the graduate level assumes able-bodied functioning. The trainers are, by presentation, predominately able-bodied as well. Given the academic setting, these trainers, while able to serve ...more »

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