Astro2020 APC White Paper: Accessible Astronomy: Policies, Practices, and Strategies to Increase Participation of Astronomers with Disabilities. (arXiv:1907.04943v1 [astro-ph.IM])

Astro2020 APC White Paper: Accessible Astronomy: Policies, Practices, and Strategies to Increase Participation of Astronomers with Disabilities. (arXiv:1907.04943v1 [astro-ph.IM])
<a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Aarnio_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Alicia Aarnio</a> (University of North Carolina Greensboro), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Murphy_N/0/1/0/all/0/1">Nicholas Murphy</a> (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard &amp; Smithsonian), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Knierman_K/0/1/0/all/0/1">Karen Knierman</a> (Arizona State University), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Merced_W/0/1/0/all/0/1">Wanda Diaz Merced</a>, <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Strauss_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Alan Strauss</a> (University of Arizona), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Tuttle_S/0/1/0/all/0/1">Sarah Tuttle</a> (University of Washington), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Monkiewicz_J/0/1/0/all/0/1">Jacqueline Monkiewicz</a> (Arizona State University), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Burgasser_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Adam Burgasser</a> (UC San Diego), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Corrales_L/0/1/0/all/0/1">Lia Corrales</a> (University of Michigan), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Bovill_M/0/1/0/all/0/1">Mia Sauda Bovill</a> (Texas Christian University), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Nordhaus_J/0/1/0/all/0/1">Jason Nordhaus</a> (Rochester Institute of Technology), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Bieryla_A/0/1/0/all/0/1">Allyson Bieryla</a> (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard &amp; Smithsonian), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Young_P/0/1/0/all/0/1">Patrick Young</a> (Arizona State University), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Noel_Storr_J/0/1/0/all/0/1">Jacob Noel-Storr</a> (InsightSTEM), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Cash_J/0/1/0/all/0/1">Jennifer Cash</a> (South Carolina State University), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Salazar_N/0/1/0/all/0/1">Nicole Cabrera Salazar</a> (Movement Consulting), <a href="http://arxiv.org/find/astro-ph/1/au:+Choi_H/0/1/0/all/0/1">Hyunseop Choi</a> (University of Oklahoma)

(Abridged) In this white paper, we outline the major barriers to access
within the educational and professional practice of astronomy. We present
current best practices for inclusivity and accessibility, including classroom
practices, institutional culture, support for infrastructure creation, hiring
processes, and outreach initiatives. We present specific ways–beyond simple
compliance with the ADA–that funding agencies, astronomers, and institutions
can work together to make astronomy as a field more accessible, inclusive, and
equitable. In particular, funding agencies should include the accessibility of
institutions during proposal evaluation, hold institutions accountable for
inaccessibility, and support efforts to gather data on the status and progress
of astronomers and astronomy students with disabilities.

(Abridged) In this white paper, we outline the major barriers to access
within the educational and professional practice of astronomy. We present
current best practices for inclusivity and accessibility, including classroom
practices, institutional culture, support for infrastructure creation, hiring
processes, and outreach initiatives. We present specific ways–beyond simple
compliance with the ADA–that funding agencies, astronomers, and institutions
can work together to make astronomy as a field more accessible, inclusive, and
equitable. In particular, funding agencies should include the accessibility of
institutions during proposal evaluation, hold institutions accountable for
inaccessibility, and support efforts to gather data on the status and progress
of astronomers and astronomy students with disabilities.

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