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November 6, 2009

Radio Stories Feature Women with Disabilities in Science

I received a note this morning from Nell Brady, project manager at WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York, alerting me to a new series of radio programs featuring women with disabilities in science. The series is being produced by the radio station as part of the NSF-funded Access to Advancement project.

Eventually there will be 10 segments, five focused on "tools, educational practices, and programs designed to broaden the participation of women with disabilities in science," Brady says, along with  "five profiles of women with disabilities who are successfully working or learning in science fields."

So far two "access" stories have been produced and posted to the station's Web site dedicated to women in science. The first features the "DO-IT" program at the University of Washington, which aims to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers.The second is a profile of computer scientist Patricia Walsh, who lost her sight at age 14 and now works for Microsoft. The other eight will follow next year.

Although Brady wrote to alert me to the "Access" series, when I visited the Web site I discovered a wealth of programming focused on women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (aka, STEM).
 
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