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I am disabled. I am also scientist. And even though I knew deep down that logically the two were not mutually exclusive, I'll admit I had my doubts when I first heard the words "chronic illness" come out of a doctor's mouth. Fortunately, through a stroke of luck and the power of the internet, I quickly found a community of disabled and chronically ill scientists online. I learned, through their stories, that limitations of the body or mind should never impede anyone from becoming a scientist.

Unfortunately, despite the fact disabled students are just as likely to pursue science and engineering degrees as their non-disabled counterparts [1], disabled people represent only 7% of graduate students and 9% of the scientific workforce [2]. Therefore, Chronically Invisible has been created not only to provide much needed disabled representation in the sciences, but also highlight issues of inaccessibility and rampant ableism that so often plagues STEM fields.

References:

[1] Sutton, H. (2017), Students with disabilities as likely to enter STEM fields as those without disabilities. Disability Compliance for Higher Education, 22: 9-9

[2] National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. 2019. Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2019. Special Report NSF 19-304. Available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd.

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