Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Computers & Technology
  • People with Disabilities


7213 WHIPPLE STPITTSBURGH, PA 15218 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Founded in 2018 to inspire, develop, and promote innovative approaches to equitable science access.


In the United States, careers surrounding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the STEM fields, are some of the most rapidly growing, as well as the most lucrative job opportunities. However, the 26% of Americans who live with disabilities often find themselves excluded from these careers, unable to access the skills and education required. Founded by Ohio State graduate Anna Voelker in 2018, the initiative began through the OSU President’s Prize, a $100k award for innovative projects that champion social change.From there, it has developed into myriad programs, including four main branches: the annual conference, the mentorship program, Mission: AstroAccess, and the professional working group.

The SciAccess Conference brings together a diverse community of researchers, professionals, students, educators, employers, and disability rights advocates, whose shared knowledge and ideas are critical to increasing skills, knowledge, and opportunities in STEM fields for individuals with disabilities.

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