About the Site
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. But can you really blame me? Aside from Stephen Hawking, I had never learned about a disabled scientist before. Even a quick Google search only turns up a handful of names.
That is why this website exists. I grew frustrated with the lack of disabled representation in science and engineering, and how often I observed disability being written out of scientist's stories, as if it is something to be ashamed of. I want Chronically Invisible to be a place where we can celebrate all the disabled scientists and engineers that exist and have existed, while also highlighting issues surrounding the underrepresentation of disability in STEM.
On this site, I use the word "disabled" to refer to a people who have a broad range of conditions including, but not limited to, physical, cognitive, developmental, and learning disabilities, chronic conditions, mental illness, and those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, though no model of disability is perfect, I mainly subscribe to the social model of disability which states that disability is caused by societal barriers (e.g. inaccessibility, prejudice, etc.) , rather than one's medical condition. Lastly, I primarily use identity-first language ("disabled person"). I will only use person-first language ("person with disabilities") if I am quoting text or if someone specifically requests to be referred to in this way.
This website aims to be as accessible as possible for all users through the incorporation of image descriptions, captions, and other common web accessibility features. However, I am continually learning how to make my work more accessible to all audiences. Therefore, if you have trouble accessing the site for any reason, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.