Lightyear Foundation launched SEN in STEMM in 2018, following an overwhelming response to our CEOâs speech at the Royal Societyâs Diversity conference. We chaired a SEN in STEMM roundtable, bringing together 21 attendees from major science associations to tackle SEN in STEMM collaboratively. These included The Royal Society, UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres, London Zoological Society, Sense About Science and Employment Autism amongst others. This event clearly showed that there was a real need for an established network with a central connector to break down barriers to STEMM SEN inclusion.
Lightyear is excited to lead this network to share best practice, raise awareness, train and inform so that together the network empower the SEN in STEMM community. We offer a unique opportunity to support, motivate and inspire organisations to get more disabled people into STEMM.
âThe Lightyear Foundation offers a wealth of reliable information, advice and practical steps on improving our engagement with a wider scope of society. Their help has been crucial in giving both myself and my organisation the confidence to move forward in this field and broaden our educational offer and create impact within SEN communities.â
– Joe Burton, Education & Public Engagement Manager, The Linnean Society of London
If you work for a STEMM organisation that is interested in joining this network, please get in touch!
Lightyear follows the Social Model of Disability. This model was developed by disabled people and says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. You can watch thisgreat video from Scope to find out more – https://www.scope.org.uk/about-us/our-brand/social-model-of-disability