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Making Science More Accessible to People With Disabilities


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The share of disabled persons in the workforce declines as specialization levels increase.

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The pandemic prompted workplace changes that proved beneficial to some people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine, but there's fear that these gains will be rolled back.

"We're increasingly hearing . . . calls to put the pandemic behind us and increasingly strident demands for pre-pandemic 'normal,'" says Binghamton University Associate Professor of Anthropology Katherine Wander. "We are worried that lessons learned during the pandemic will be lost."

Wander and her co-authors, each of whom has a disability, outline the situation and a framework for potential solutions in an article published in Nature Communications.

The paper draws on insights from disabilities studies. The authors advocate an approach based on three pillars: flexibility, accommodation and modification.

From Binghamton University
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