The Challenged Scientists
Disabilities and the Triumph of Excellence
ISBN10: 0275938735 ISBN13: 9780275938734 Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group Published: Jun 1 1991 Pages: 208 Language: English
This volume points out how the increasing need for scientists in this country can be lessened by utilizing a long overlooked pool of scientific talent in those persons who are scientifically oriented but who happen to have physical or sensory disabilities. Robert A. Weisgerber argues that the main obstacle to the mainstreaming of the disabled is the reluctance of the nondisabled to offer opportunities and support. By speaking positively to the disabled concerning current recruitment efforts within the educational and the professional scientific communities, and to the public regarding the capability, energy, and competence of many disabled persons, this discussion aims to break down barriers.
An important part of the text is comprised of 21 success stories of college students and career scientists, all disabled yet highly motivated and excelling in their field. Together they can encourage other disabled persons to consider careers in the sciences, provide support for their families and teachers, and remind the caring public to view disabilities in their proper perspective. The technical results of the research conducted appear in the appendix, and suggestions for increasing opportunities for the disabled, educating the scientific profession about their qualifications, and improving relevant information services conclude the study.