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Resources for and About Scientists With Disabilities


General Information and Awareness


2003 is the European Year of People with Disabilities. It is organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the European Disability Forum.

One initiative coming out of this activity is a new report called 'Working with Disabilities'. The report, which was produced by Manpower, aims to raise awareness of the issues relating to people with disabilities and work. Based on interviews with people with disabilities it makes recommendations to employers regarding interviews, defining job roles, and career progression.

The HEAG database is a guide to accessibility services in Higher Education Institutions across Europe. It aims to provide information regarding disability support services in 17 European countries--Austria, Belgium (Fl), Belgium (Fr), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK--that may help students and their teachers make decisions about possibilities for study programmes and exchange activities.

North America

All Abilities gives a large number of links in the U.S., divided into categories such as 'business and economy' (where you'll find education-related links) and 'computers and internet' (which points you in the direction of adaptive technologies and related products).

The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies is a research, education, and information centre. Its work covers the entire disability spectrum, including employment issues, technology and the disabled, entrepreneurship, universal design, disability management, social development issues, virtual resources, technology-based home employment, and distance education for the disabled. Established in Manitoba in 1995, the centre receives funding from federal and provincial government sources and private donations.

The Disability Research Information Page provides links to other Web sites with Canadian disability research information.

The Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network (GLADNET) provides a forum for research centres, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations of and for persons with disabilities to discuss international programs and policy reforms with respect to competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities. It began as a United Nations initiative in 1997 and its administrative offices are in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. GLADNET offers its members information concerning conferences, job vacancies, international consulting opportunities, employment and training related documentation, as well as the chance to network on a global scale.

The National Institute of Disability Management and Research ( NIDMAR) is a labour-management initiative of the Disabled Workers Foundation of Canada and is supported by public and private funding. The four main objectives of the institute are education and training, research and policy development, responsibility for the REHADAT Canada information system, and workplace program implementation. The NIDMAR Web site also includes an extensive list of links related to employment, technology, and education.

Working Chemists with Disabilities , published by the American Chemical Society's Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, profiles various disabled chemists working in research and industry. More scientists are also profiled on the University of Southern Maine's Access Earth programme.

The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) provides information for people with disabilities who are interested in careers in oceanography.

The Georgia Institute of Technology also offers a compilation of resources and profiles on disabled students.


Canada: The National Educational Association of Disabled Students ( NEADS) is an organization run by disabled students for disabled students in Canada. Its mandate is to encourage the self-empowerment of postsecondary students with disabilities, a goal that it achieves through advocacy and by providing information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishing a regular newsletter, and conducting research on issues of importance to its members.

Canada: This article details the recent efforts of Canadian University Libraries and the National Library of Canada to work towards better provision of library services to disabled students.

Germany: The Resability Forum is a network for disabled scientists in Germany and Austria. The Web site is currently under construction, but e-mail inquiries can be sent to

United Kingdom: The Equality Challenge Unit, part of Universities UK, has a page of resources relating to disabilities and UK universities.

United Kingdom: The Disabled Postgraduate Students' Web Page was created by Ozcan Konur who carried out doctoral research on access to higher education by disabled students. Unfortunately it has not been updated for about 3 years.

Charities, Foundations, and Nonprofit Organisations

AbilityNet is a charity that claims to be the UK's leading provider of expertise on computing and disability.

The Neil Squire Foundation is a Canadian national nonprofit organization committed to providing education, technology, and career development for people with physical disabilities. Besides providing consulting services and support for disabled workers and employers, the foundation has an R&D group of highly qualified and experienced engineers whose areas of expertise include electrical and mechanical engineering, signal processing, software development, and ergonomic design. The group creates devices, technologies, and products that facilitate an improved quality of life for people with disabilities, older adults, and people recovering from illnesses or injury.

The World Institute on Disability ( WID) is a nonprofit, public policy centre dedicated to promoting independence and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. In association with Proyecto Visión, a bilingual Web site for Latinos with disabilities, it will organise the second national conference on "Bridges to Employment for Latinos with Disabilities" which will be held 6 to 9 August 2003 at Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel. The conference will provide a national forum about issues concerning disabled Latinos and employment and offer a variety of employment and technology training opportunities.

Funding and Events

Disability Studies in Germany is the title of a summer university to be held in Bremen between 18 July and 1 August. The event offers a number of workshop and seminars on disability issues.

Entry Point! is a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publisher of Science's Next Wave) that offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business.