The ACS Committee on Chemists With Disabilities

The ACS Committee on Chemists With Disabilities


ACS Committee… Chemists with Disabilities….. Chemists with Disabilities are Outstanding
chemists with Unique Abilities…In the United States alone, approximately 12.0% of the population
has a disability. “I have diabetes and I have a diabetic alert dog. I might need that dog 24/7. Twenty-percent of school aged children are
dyslexic. Could there be any advantages to dyslexia
that we overlook, and can we give them this positive message.” People with disabilities are outstanding chemists. “My personal experience of mentoring students
with disabilities has taught me something new about myself. Some of them have gone on to very successful
careers. The hard part of studying Computational Chemistry
as a blind guy is understanding the structures when they’re calculated. I decided to hold a camp, a chemistry camp. So it’s been a great experience for me,
running that organization and building up people’s confidence. To study chemistry.” One of the objectives of the American Chemical
Society’s Committee on Chemists with Disabilities, or CWD is to promote opportunities for individuals
with disabilities employed in or seeking employment within chemistry and its allied fields. If you’ve got a need…is there another
way of addressing that need. Is the glass half empty or is the glass half
full? People with disabilities are people with unique
abilities. Do you see a person with a disability and
see what they cannot do? Or do you see their unique abilities and what
they can do? Albert Einstein had dyslexia and learning
disability. Clearly a person with a disability, a person
with unique abilities, and when given the proper opportunity, success a superstar. And so there’s some hope here that 40% of
self-made millionaires are dyslexic. And so, to me, overall, I see that my dyslexia
might be a gift. And I’ve had champions in my life and they’ve
taught me how to be my own champion. CWD members work to ensure that ACS-sponsored
services and programs promote and advance the full participation of students with disabilities,
as well as serve as a resource to the chemistry community as a whole with reference to issues
concerning the education and employment of individuals with disabilities. In addition, the committee sponsors a travel
award to encourage the participation of undergraduate/graduate students and post-docs with disabilities who
will present a talk or poster at the Spring or Fall ACS National Meeting. The ACS CWD invites all individuals with disabilities
working or aspiring to study or work in the chemical sciences to contact CWD, and further
welcomes the interest and support of all educators, employers, and colleagues. To find out more about current CWD news and
activities, feel free to connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Office of Society Services, 800-227-5558 or
email: [email protected] ACS Committee on Chemists with disabilities…. For more information please contact us at
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