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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).

2 comments on “Radio Stories Feature Women with Disabilities in Science”

  1. Michal says:

    I was curious if you have previously featured a story about scientists of any gender with disabilities. I have a coworker (male) who is in a wheelchair who would be most interested I’m sure. He is about to defend his dissertation and enter the wonderful world of postdoc-hood and has faced his challenges with dogged determination but I’m sure he would love to hear of others and take their inspiration!

  2. James Austin says:

    We frequently post articles about disabled researchers. Just do a search; to get you started, here’s a search on the word “disability”:
    Thanks for the query. Keep reading!
    Jim Austin, Editor
    Science Careers

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