EXPLORING CAREER PATHWAYS FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN STEM AND BEYOND

Authors

  • Catherine Ezeafulukwe Independent Researcher, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oluwaseyi Rita Owolabi Independent Researcher, Indianapolis Indiana, USA
  • Onyeka Franca Asuzu Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Somtochukwu Cynthia Onyekwelu Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • Chinedu Ugochukwu Ike Independent Researcher, Anambra, Nigeria
  • Binaebi Gloria Bello Kings International School, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i2.780

Abstract

This research paper explores the challenges and opportunities in creating inclusive career pathways for individuals with special needs, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and beyond. Examining existing literature reveals pervasive societal attitudes, educational barriers, and workplace biases that hinder the seamless integration of individuals with special needs. Acknowledging the importance of diversity and inclusion, the paper discusses initiatives that address these challenges, including mentorship programs, workplace accommodations, and advocacy campaigns. Policy implications underscore the need for systemic reforms to ensure equal opportunities. The paper envisions future directions such as technological advancements, global collaboration, and a holistic approach to inclusion. In conclusion, the collaborative efforts of governments, educational institutions, and the wider community are crucial for shaping a future where individuals with special needs thrive in diverse professional landscapes.

Keywords: Inclusive Career Pathways, Special Needs, STEM, Diversity and Inclusion.

Published

2024-02-13

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