Living with a disability means facing challenges, brainstorming solutions, and persevering despite setbacks every day. It leads to constant experimentation, innovation and creative problem-solving. These are traits sorely needed in professional science and engineering. But where we see promise, many employers see problems. They may see such workers as needy, slow and prone to health issues. As a result, people with disabilities are severely underrepresented in science and engineering fields.
For over 25 years, Entry Point! has been recruiting and screening students with disabilities and strong academic records, and giving them paid internships at some of the nation's strongest, most competitive research agencies and companies, from NASA to Microsoft. We've placed more than 600 individuals over the years, and 85% have gone on to become working scientists.
Entry Point! opens doors not just for those who embark on new careers through the program, but those who come after them. Our interns often grow to become leaders, inspiring not only others in the disability community, but everyone they meet, paving the way for greater acceptance of additional workers with disabilities.
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