STEM Education and Youth Who are Disabled: We’re Overdue for Inclusivity
By Linda Kekelis
Advisor, STEM Next Opportunity Fund (ETR blog post)
January 10, 2019 — Scotts Valley, CA
We need to build greater diversity in STEM education. Like a lot of my colleagues, I’ve worked to create programs welcoming more girls and youth of color into STEM. We’ve made good progress, and we are creating positive momentum.
But one group that continues to be overlooked, even within strong and established programs, is youth who are disabled. I’ve had an opportunity to contribute to STEM programs reaching youth who are blind and visually impaired. I believe lessons learned in these efforts can help others build greater inclusivity in their STEM education programs. I hope you’ll take a look at our recent case study, developed through STEM Next Opportunity Fund, which outlines the programs we designed and some of our lessons learned.