Chemists with Disabilities (CWD)

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About Us

The Chemists with Disabilities (CWD) committee strives to:

  • Ensure that all ACS-sponsored services and programs promote and advance the full participation of students with disabilities;
  • Promote opportunities for individuals with disabilities employed in or seeking employment within chemistry and its allied fields, supporting the ACS Strategic Plan;
  • Provide and promote a portfolio of programs, products, and services to increase participation and leadership in the chemical community by individuals with disabilities;
  • Serve as a resource to the chemistry community as a whole with reference to issues concerning the education and employment of individuals with disabilities.

CWD invites all individuals with disabilities working or aspiring to study or work in the chemical sciences to contact CWD, and further welcomes the interest and support of all educators, employers, and colleagues. For further information call the Office of Society Services, 800-227-5558 or email:

Mission Statement

The committee will promote educational and professional opportunities in the chemical sciences and in fields requiring knowledge of chemistry for persons with disabilities. The committee will champion the capabilities of those persons to educators, employers, and peers.

Vision Statement

The committee envisions a time when all individuals, including those with disabilities, will advance the chemical enterprise by drawing on the full range of their talents.

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Featured Content: 2019 CWD Travel Award Winner   

2019 CWD Travel Award Winner
Kirin E. Furst

Kirin is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering and Science at Stanford University, where she studies the formation of wastewater-associated disinfection byproducts in the context of potable reuse and low-resource settings and methods for mitigating human exposure. 


James Schiller

Mr. James Schiller

Staff Liaison

Paula Christopher

Ms. Paula Christopher

ConC Liaison

Dr. Martha Holloman

Dr. Martha Holloman