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STEM Educators: Research Findings


When we hear about making science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) accessible for people with disabilities, we usually think about students with disabilities.

This project conducted research on the work experiences and accommodations used by STEM educators with disabilities.

An online survey was developed and was advertised via K-12 science and math coordinators, college ADA coordinators, professional organizations, and groups working with students with disabilities. The survey took about twenty minutes to complete and included 41 questions on demographics, the subject and grades that were taught, barriers that had been encountered, workplace accommodations used, and the process for receiving these accommodations. Ninety-two educators with disabilities from 30 states completed the survey; eighty of them taught STEM subjects. The respondents include a mixture of educators from different grade levels and STEM specialties, and they have a variety of disabilities.

In addition, focus group interviews were conducted to gain more detailed information.

Publications / Presentations:

Adkins, W. (April 2006). Who's Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Western Social Sciences Association Conference, Phoenix.

Milchus, K. (March 2007). Work Experiences of Educators: Policy Implications for Accommodating Professionals. 21st Annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
Educator Study - CSUN 2007 Slides

Milchus, K. (June 2007). Workplace Accommodations for Educators with Disabilities. RESNA 30th Annual International Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Accommodations for Educators - RESNA 2007 Slides

Milchus, K. and Grubbs, R. L. (2007). Work Experiences of Educators with Disabilities, in Multiple Voices and Identities in Higher Education: Writings by Disabled Faculty and Staff in a Disabling Society, (M. L. Vance, Ed.), Huntersville, NC: Association for Higher Education and Disability, pp. 243-252.

Milchus, K. (2008, in press). Aging Educators with Disabilities: Experiences with Accommodations, in Aging, Disability and Independence: Selected Papers from the 4th International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (W. Mann, Ed.).




This resource was funded by:

National Science Foundation (NSF) logo

in collaboration with:

Work RERC logo