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Why is this dialogue taking place?

This dialogue is the third in a three-part series of online events hosted by the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The purpose of this dialogue is support the exchange of ideas between the disability community and individuals working in the STEM fields on how best to support the hiring of more individuals with disabilities in those fields. The information gathered from this dialogue will help NCD engage in further outreach and seek progressive solutions and reform in order to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for individuals with disabilities in STEM fields.

Why participate?

Employment opportunities in the STEM fields are growing, yet individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in these positions. This dialogue is an opportunity to learn about the needs of people with disabilities and possible barriers to careers in STEM.

Who should participate?

This online event is open to the general public and to anyone interested in participating. We strongly encourage people with disabilities who are interested in pursuing employment or currently work in the STEM fields.

This is the third dialogue in the NCD-ODEP series. What were the first and second dialogues about?

In our first dialogue, Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The User Experience, participants contributed creative solutions on how to make social media more accessible and provided recommendations to social media companies on how to create more accessible features and services. Participants also shared details about the role of social media in their lives and their thoughts on what social media companies need to know about users with disabilities and their experiences with social media.

View a summary of the participation metrics from our first online dialogue

In our second dialogue, Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media – The Tech Perspective, participants were asked to contribute ideas and creative solutions on ways social media companies could go about integrating the ideas from the first online dialogue into the design and development of social media online tools and apps. In addition, the dialogue asked for ideas on the most effective way the social media industry could engage with the disability community for user feedback and ideas.

View a summary of the participation metrics from our Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion in Social Media - The Tech Industry Perspective dialogue