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Title: People with Disabilities in the Science and Technology Sectors: Interim Research Findings


1
People with Disabilities in the Science and
Technology Sectors Interim Research Findings
  • Jessica Cowan-Dewar
  • Science Technology Project Consultant
  • NEADS Conference 2008
  • Learning Today Leading Tomorrow

2
Objective
  • To examine the involvement of people with
    disabilities in the science and technology
    sectors

3
Project Methodology
  1. Literature Review
  2. Environmental Scan
  3. Key Informant Interviews

4
Focus
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistries
  • Physics
  • Environmental sciences
  • Geology
  • Information (and other) technologies
  • Engineering
  • Literature from both the health sciences and
    biological sciences was excluded

5
Literature Review
  • Education, and Science technology databases ?
    published literature
  • Reference Lists
  • Google Google Scholar ? unpublished (grey)
    literature
  • American Chemical Society website (www.acs.org)

6
Environmental Scan
  • Internet searches
  • Contact relevant organizations and corporations
  • Contact disability service providers
  • Requests for information via listservs
  • Identify and contact key stakeholders
  • Face-to-face meetings

7
Literature Review Environmental Scan Key
Findings
  1. Under-representation
  2. Attitudinal Barriers
  3. Employers

8
Literature Review Environmental Scan Key
Findings
  • 4. U.S. vs. Canada
  • Research
  • Literature
  • Programs

9
Literature Review Environmental Scan Key
Findings
5. Internship Opportunities
6. Mentoring and Teaching
10
Literature Review Environmental Scan Key
Findings
7. Case Studies Personal Stories
11
Literature Review Environmental Scan Key
Findings Summary
  • Under-representation
  • Attitudinal Barriers
  • Employers
  • U.S. vs. Canada (research, literature programs)
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Mentoring Teaching
  • Case Studies Personal Stories

12
Key Informant Interviews
  • 30 key informants
  • From across Canada
  • Students
  • Recent graduates (both employed and unemployed)
  • Disability service providers
  • Teachers/professors
  • Employers

13
Key Informant Interviews
  • Interim Findings

14
Application of Findings
Literature Review
Environmental Scan
Interviews
15
Next Steps Development andPublication of
Guidebook
  • Promoting Careers in Canadas Science and
    Technology Sectors to Students and Recent
    Graduates with Disabilities Success Stories,
    Best Practices, and Resources
  • Will be available in
  • Both English French
  • CD/DVD Form
  • Online
  • Print alternative formats

16
Concluding Remarks
17
With Special Thanks to
  • Ian Brindle
  • Frank Smith
  • Kathryn Woodcock
  • Mahadeo Sukhai
  • Jennison Asuncion
  • Chris Gaulin
  • Samir Acharya
  • Very special thanks to the key informants
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