Resources for Researchers
STEM & Disability
Invisibility of students with disabilities in STEM: A one-hour-long webinar panel moderated by Dr. Janelle Johnson. A good video to begin with and to learn about issues in the field!
How a blind astronomer found a way to hear the stars: A TED talk given by Dr. Wanda Diaz Merced on converting scientific data into sound through the use of sonification. Another Dr. Diaz's TED talk on her learning experience and work on sonification: Listen to the stars
Science and Disability by the Science History Institute documents the lives and contributions of disabled people who work or are pursuing an advanced degree in STEM fields. They published the following podcasts that are informative for education researchers:
Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities (JSESD): An open-access journal that focuses on STEM education for disabled students. A good place to find peer-reviewed articles and many references in the field!
Inclusive Science Instruction and The Ontogeny of Inclusive Science (both edited by Dr. Gregory Stefanich) are two must-read books to learn about science and disability. They are downloadable on Dr. Stefanich's webpage that details his work and includes many resources related to science and disability.
STEM Education: An issue in the TEACHING Exceptional Children (TEC) published in 2013 with a focus on STEM education. The TEC provides information on research-based practices and materials for classroom use as well as discusses current issues related to teaching and learning. You can find more STEM-related articles by using keywords, such as STEM, math, and science, to search the journal.
Mathematizing4all: Dr. Rachel Lambert's collection of resources that focus on mathematics and disability. To learn more about mathematics for equity and social justice, her articles are must-reads!
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Science (written by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Chelsea Mohler): A book that focuses on accessibility in the sciences from the student's perspective. A must-read in the field!
Towards Inclusion of All Learners through Science Teacher Education (edited by Drs. Michele Koomen, Sami Kahn, Christopher Atchison, and Tiffany Wild): A book that focuses on inclusion and science teacher education. Another must-read in the field!
Three review articles listed below are worth reading to learn more about issues and progress in the field:
Survey on teaching science to K-12 students with disabilities: teacher preparedness and attitudes (Kahn & Lewis, 2014)
Science education for students with special needs (Villanueva et al., 2012)
Science education for students with disabilities: a review of recent research (Thomas et al., 1998)
Increasing awareness of inclusive STEM education through a college-level student research group (Kahn et al., 2021): An article that reports a project through which a group of college students' awareness of inclusive STEM education was increased.
Critical Perspectives on Disability and Mathematics: A special issue in the Investigations in Mathematics Learning published in 2018 that includes five worth-reading articles!