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Resources for Scientists with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities are underrepresented in science1, despite an estimated 25% of adults living with a disability in the United States2. Some common disabilities include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), chronic migraines, diabetes, arthritis, visual impairments, hearing impairments, anxiety, and depression3.

In general, many inclusive and supportive resources can be found on the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) website, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) website, or the Human Relations (HR) website. We have curated some relevant resources from these sources and others below:

UMass Chan strives to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Accommodations can be requested here.

When possible, the BMB references the Job Accommodation Network in decision-making.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funding available to facilitate the work of scientists with disabilities.

Scientists with disabilities can become a member of the Foundation for Science and Disability (membership and funding application materials can be found here).

The American Chemical Society, with which our department is closely associated, has a Committee on Chemists with Disabilities that gives out awards including travel awards for scientists with disabilities.

The Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) supports a Disabilities Affinity Group.

The DIO has developed guidance documents to be shared internally with the UMass Chan community, including a Welcoming Environment Disability Resource Guide.

Health insurance information for staff and faculty can be found on the Human Resources website while health insurance information for students can be found on the Student Health website.