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Service dog handlers in STEM: diversity and inclusion efforts need work to remove barriers

Diversity strengthens science, but current policies need to do more to explicitly address inclusion of the growing population of people with disabilities who rely on service dogs. Here, I discuss my personal experiences of attempting to access laboratories with a service dog.

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The author acknowledges C. G. Parker, Neuroscience Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, and J. S. Rhodes, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, for providing valuable feedback on this article.

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J.R. is the owner of Empower Ability Consulting, Champaign, Illinois, and Vice President of the non-profit International Alliance for Ability in Science.

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Ramp, J. Service dog handlers in STEM: diversity and inclusion efforts need work to remove barriers. Nat Rev Endocrinol 17, 1–2 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-020-00442-5

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