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Increasing the Participation of People with Disabilities in Computing Fields

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2 Author(s)
Burgstahler, S.E. ; Washington Univ. ; Ladner, R.E.

Individuals with disabilities experience a lower level of career success than those who do not have disabilities. They are less likely to complete a postsecondary education and to pursue academic studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This segment of the population is underrepresented in information technology professions. Concern for including individuals with disabilities in IT fields is not just a matter of quantity, but of quality as well. Assistive technologies that provide access to computers help open high-tech careers to individuals with disabilities. Efforts to increase the participation of people with disabilities in high-tech careers will ultimately benefit both society and the computing profession.

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Computer  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 2007

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