ERIC Number: ED378751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Find Your Future: A Career-Planning Guide in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering for Precollege Students with Disabilities and the Adults Who Work with Them. Second Edition.
DuBois, Phyllis; Weisgerber, Robert
This career planning guide is intended for precollege students with disabilities who desire careers in science, mathematics, or engineering. The booklet reflects the experiences and advice of 286 individuals with disabilities who are in these careers or preparing for them. The first section summarizes the advantages of a career in these fields, such as earning a good salary and contributing to society. The second section helps students evaluate themselves through considering what interests them, who they admire, what they read, and what they do for fun. Next, suggestions are offered for seizing opportunities toward the student's career goals, including finding out about summer programs, joining a school club, and finding a mentor. The following section asks students to evaluate whether they have the personal qualities, such as determination and self esteem, to be a successful scientist. Keys to success identified by scientists include asking for help when needed, asking teachers to teach to one's strengths, pushing oneself to the limit, trying new things, and seeing disability as the mother of invention. The final section gives specific tips on getting started, emphasizing guidelines for choosing a college. Interspersed throughout the booklet are photographs of successful individuals with disabilities and quotes giving their advice. (DB)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, College Bound Students, College Choice, College Preparation, Disabilities, Engineering Education, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Motivation
Recording for the Blind, 20 Roszel Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540 (cassette version).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see EC 303 650. A product of the Project on Science, Technology and Disability. Photographs may not reproduce well.