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Job Shadowing, Internships, and Work Experience

I believe the best way to get our Transition-aged youth excited about careers in the STEM fields is to offer them the opportunity to participate in some work experience while in high school doing paid or unpaid work in a company in the field. Job shadowing is a great way to learn more about a career field of interest! Teens should also be encouraged to consider pursuing higher education in STEM fields, with appropriate... more »

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Allow / Encourage SWD STEM Participation in Middle & High School

SWD are not allowed into the same robust STEM programs as their non disabled peers in Middle and HS. We must promote and prepare them to take STEM courses in K-12 if we want to encourage them to peruse STEM careers.

Schools should be incentivized to support inclusive school environments instead of exclusive tracking practices. We know first hand, students who excel in science and math, yet struggle with other areas... more »

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Accessible Tools

While technology can be enormously empowering for students with disabilities, design choices can cause students to become marginalized because educational tools are not designed for accessibility. We need a focused effort to improve STEM resources such as online courses, text editors, math editors, math textbooks, virtual science experiments and the like. This requirement is particularly important in education but carries... more »

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Collaborate with Higher Ed and Disability

In the ADA era, more people with disabilities are entering two and four-year colleges than ever. As an aspiring professional (non-STEM), I found it very intimidating because there were no clear role models for me as someone with a disability; nor much awareness on the part of college or employers of candidates with disabilities.

What I think is needed is much closer collaboration between disability specialists and traditional... more »

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Collaboration among career counselors & disability services

Just came across this last week and it seems like a very innovative idea that echoes many comments in this dialogue by various participants:

“Elevator Pitch Contest” to help students build presentation skills about their abilities. The organizing team included career counselors and disability service providers at local colleges, and two college students with disabilities. Organized by DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities,... more »

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Accommodating kids w/ disabilities at STEM camps

Hi everyone! We're very excited to hear about your ideas on how to encourage people with disabilities to go into STEM careers.

Summer camps for kids about STEM are very popular. I was disheartened to hear about a young girl w/ cystic fibrosis and her experience at a recent camp for girls interested in STEM.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diego-Teen-Discrimination-AAWU-Summer-Camp-Cystic-Fibrosis-268205372.html... 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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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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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 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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Employment System

The problem is that employment full time and with benefits is hard to find in some areas. There is a preconceive that people with disabilities are not employable and government will provide for them. If a person is disabled seeking full time employment is taking a job away from non-disabled. Also the workplace accommodations are going be super expensive. In some cases this true but most it is not.

For example I... 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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Improve Accessibility to GRE, MCAT, LSAT Examination

Many folks with disabilities encounter unrealistic barriers in taking graduate school and professional entrance exams. Some of these barriers include high test cost/price, excessive disability documentation, lack of reasonable accommodations, and lack of appropriate testing facilities for individuals with disabilities.

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