I have a physical disability that causes chronic, widespread pain. My condition is called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. When I first got diagnosed, I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to have a successful career as a geoscientist because of it. I am making an effort to talk about my experiences to raise awareness, advocate for greater access, and make sure that no one feels the way I did.
I’m a board member for the International Association for Geoscience Diversity, a non-profit organization that advocates for disabled geoscientists. If you’re interested in access and inclusion in geoscience, I highly recommend that you join us!
You can listen to my story about caving and chronic pain on the Story Collider podcast (audio with transcript) or read about it in this op-ed. I’ve also spoken about disabilities in STEM on several podcasts.
I am always happy to speak with other disabled scientists – please get in touch if you’d like to chat.
I don’t receive funding to cover the expenses of traveling to present about accessibility at conferences, so I set up this Ko-Fi page where you can contribute toward the expenses, if you’d like!