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Abstract Title: Practicing physicists’ knowledge about disability: Development of the Disability and Physics Careers Survey (DPCS)
Abstract: Previous research indicated that physics instructors receive little training about supporting people with disabilities, physics curricular materials are not designed to support students with disabilities, and STEM professionals hold more negative views about people with disabilities than their peers in other academic disciplines. We argue that if physics mentors do not know about disability and physics careers, then they will be less likely to appropriately mentor students with disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss the development of, and present pilot study findings for the Disability and Physics Careers Survey (DPCS), which measures practicing physicists' knowledge about disability and beliefs about the viability of physics career for people with a range of abilities. We collected pilot data at 9 meetings and through a physics listserv; overall 208 participants completed the DPCS. We found that practicing physicists have knowledge about hearing, visual, and emotional/mental health impairments (but not other impairments) and believe the viability of physics careers varies by impairment type.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.A3
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Erin M. Scanlon
University of Central Florida
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dan Oleynik, University of Central Florida
Jacquqlyn J. Chini, University of Central Florida