Disabled Researchers Are Vital to the Strength of Science

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Scientific American Content January 11, 2019 at 07:00AM.)

Scientific institutions need to work toward a more inclusive environment for disabled scientists. That’s not just because it’s fair, but also because it’s crucial to the scientific enterprise.

While I was applying for grad school in the winter of 2015, I noted that most university websites carry a statement something to the effect of “we encourage underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities to apply.” I was elated at how progressive and welcoming this statement sounded as a scientist navigating this world with a life-altering and disabling disease.  But I quickly found out that beyond that statement, there was never any support or even mention of providing an inclusive environment for me at any of the universities at which I interviewed. Over the course of my education, one thing has become clear: the topic of disabled students is not talked about enough. We don’t have a voice and that needs to change.

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This article and images were originally posted on [Scientific American Content] January 11, 2019 at 07:00AM. Credit to the original author and Scientific American Content | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

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