SciAccess: Making Space for All

Voelker, Anna; O’Brien, Caitlin and Deming, Michaela (2021). SciAccess: Making Space for All. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 15(S367) pp. 124–127.



The SciAccess Initiative (“SciAccess”) is dedicated to advancing disability inclusion and diversity in STEM education, outreach, and research. In this paper, the authors present an overview of accessible STEM programs run by the SciAccess Initiative, including an annual conference, international working group, and space science mentorship program for blind youth. Recommendations for creating accessible mentorship programs and networking events, both virtually and in-person, are detailed so that these inclusion-focused efforts may be replicated by others.

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