Inclusive Science: Making STEM Accessible for Everyone

ACS Webinars

Empowering more kinds of people to pursue their interest in STEM will benefit everyone by including diverse perspectives which lead to more robust innovation. Unfortunately, there are still barriers that prevent significant portions of the population from pursuing their dreams.

The attrition of students with disabilities in STEM education has increased substantially resulting in a lack of STEM professionals representing this important minority, but why? Join us as Bradley Duerstock of Purdue University discusses the unique challenges faced by persons with physical disabilities interested in STEM as they progress to graduate education.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Cristina Bartolomei of the ACS Office of DEIR and is co-produced by the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect at the American Chemical Society. 

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What You Will Learn

  • Accessible design in STEM benefits everyone
  • The process of inclusion enables us to conduct science other than by conventional methods
  • There are both physical and procedural barriers to STEM for persons with disabilities

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What an attendee said about this ACS Webinar!

As a disabled chemist, I greatly appreciate ACS hosting an expert in accessibility in lab spaces to educate the membership about accommodating disabled bodies.


Bradley Duerstock
Full Professor of Engineering Practice, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, School of Industrial Engineering, Center for Paralysis Research, Purdue University

Cristina Bartolomei
Portfolio Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect,
American Chemical Society


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