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Do you have a physical disability? Did you participate in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) course during college? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help researchers learn more about your experiences. The study involves online surveys.
STUDY PURPOSEScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) labs typically include workstations, machinery, equipment, and tools to help analyze or solve science or engineering problems. People with physical disabilities may face barriers when working in these types of settings. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of individuals with physical disabilities who have taken STEM classes in college and university settings. Researchers hope their findings will lead to a better understanding of the difficulties people with disabilities face in STEM labs, and the accommodations that can be made to assist them.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18 and up
- Able to read and understand English
- Have experience in a STEM laboratory during college (community college, technical colleges, other colleges and universities)
- Had an upper or lower limb impairment while in the STEM laboratory
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECTParticipants will complete an online survey asking about personal experience while using a STEM laboratory. The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes to complete. If participants agree, a link to a follow-up questionnaire will be emailed 2 weeks after completing the online survey. The follow-up questionnaire will help researchers learn more about the reliability of the survey.
IRB: PRO17020490- Barriers and Facilitators to STEM Accessibility Survey
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Hervens Jeannis, MS, is a graduate student in Rehabilitation Science and Technology who works at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Jeannis received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse and his master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.