Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences, 1st Edition

  • Mahadeo A. Sukhai
  • Chelsea Mohler
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  • ISBN-10: 0128040866
  • ISBN-13: 9780128040867
  • DDC: 371.9
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 336 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released June 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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As a comprehensive guide, this book provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the STEM fields, with each chapter featuring research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives. It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
About the Authors.
Students with Disabilities in the Sciences.
1: The landscape for students with disabilities in the sciences.
2: Accessibility in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the global perspective.
Barriers Faced by Students with Disabilities in the Sciences.
3: Barriers faced by students with disabilities in science laboratory and practical space settings.
4: Student Perspectives on Disability—Impact on Education, Career Path, and Accommodation.
5: Key Role of Education Providers in Communication with Students and Service Providers.
Student as Educator.
6: Disclosure in the sciences.
7: Student as ACTor—recognizing the importance of advocacy, communication, and trailblazing to student success in STEM.
8: Mental health and well-being for students with disabilities in the sciences.
9: Peer-support networks.
Student as Learner.
10: Essential requirements and academic accommodations in the sciences.
11: Universal design for learning.
12: Inclusive teaching practices.
Students as Mentees, Trainees, and Leaders.
13: Faculty mentorship of students with disabilities in the sciences.
14: Faculty supervision of students with disabilities in the sciences.
15: The student in a leadership, mentorship, and supervision role.
16: Leveraging professional development and networking opportunities.
Accommodating Students With Disabilities in the Sciences.
17: Accommodating students with disabilities in science laboratories and in fieldwork.
18: Human accommodation—laboratory/technical assistants in the sciences.
19: Mainstream Technology as Accessibility Solutions in the Science Lab.
20: Assistive Technology.
21: Accessible Formats in Science and Technology Disciplines.
22: Simulation Learning.
23: Physical Access in Science Laboratories.
24: Practicum placements.
25: General principles of designing accessible learning environments in the sciences.
Conclusion: STEM and Disability—A Vision for the Future.