GEOSCIENTISTS' PERCEPTIONS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
To assess the climate of access in the geosciences for students with disabilities, this study sought to obtain scientist perspectives of accessibility in the geosciences through two separate iterations of surveys collected from attendees (n=72 and n=148) at two professional geosciences meeting in 2011 and 2012. Respondents were asked to indicate the extent to which individuals with specific types of impairments would or would not be able to engage in geoscientific careers.
The information obtained in these surveys provide an initial step in engaging the larger geoscience community in a real discussion of the access that can and should be made to engage and include students and professionals with disabilities. The results imply that the majority of the geoscience community believes that opportunities exist for inclusion, regardless of disability. Additionally, with new and innovative technologies, accommodations are being made to reduce barriers to field-based research. This presentation will discuss the common geoscientist perspectives of accessibility in geoscience discipline and how these results might impact the future of inclusion to geoscience instruction for students with disabilities.