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Too often, the concept of accessibility in technology is an afterthought or used in ways that do not improve the lives of the people who need assistance, panelists said at a AAAS event.

Researchers who work with children must take extra care to protect their interests and rights, while still providing enough answers to make the research useful to the children. However, experts at a recent AAAS event said the definition of those rights and ethical research practices continue to develop with the advent of new technologies.

The White House honored Virginia “Jinny” Stern, former director of the AAAS Entry Point! program, as a Champion of Change for her work over four decades to increase opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for persons with disabilities.