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Foundation for Science and Disability

Note: The Foundation for Science and Disability (FSD) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Richard Mankin, FSD President, has posted the Foundation's pages on this USDA web site as a public service to encourage participation of persons with disabilities in the US scientific work force. However, the USDA and FSD are separate entities. These pages present information about the FSD history and current activities.


About FSD  : (downloadable Informational Brochure) : Donations, Membership Application/Dues Form : Contact us

Graduate Student Grant Application Form and instructions

What's New?

The Student Award Program of FSD helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre‑medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities.  FSD has established a Science Graduate Student Grant Fund, which is available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability.  Awards of $1000 each are made to support research projects of qualified university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.


In 2019, Helen Rottier in the College of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Disability Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago, was awarded a student grant for “Mentorship models to empower autistic students and scientists in psychology and medical research.”

Here is a link to a recent article on acousticians with hearing losses that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Acoustics Today


2019 Annual Meeting Minutes
Foundation for Science and Disability Newsletter, Winter 2019
Pictures from the Annual meetings and links to recent workshops and publications are listed on the FSD Facebook page


   FSD is now on Facebook and on LinkedIn!

Links to other Recent News, Resources and Organizations/Archives of previous activities and Annual meeting minutes
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