This organization is a platform to lift up disabled voices in planetary and space science fields through networking, community support, and advocacy. Our primary goal is to help people connect with fellow disabled, neurodivergent, and chronically ill people. We are inclusive of all people that are associated with and/or working in space science and related fields with any type of disability or chronic illness or condition. Through our online network, members can meet others, share articles, ask for advice, celebrate victories, and just be themselves around people who understand their experience.
Together with our Allies, we also work to promote disability awareness and advocate for better accessibility in our physical and virtual community workplaces and environments. We do this work by advocating for changes within our institutions, providing feedback to institutions and conferences seeking accessibility consultations, and contributing to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts in our broader communities. Information about specific on-going efforts or projects can be found here.
DAIS was founded in April 2021 by a handful of individuals. There is much work to be done in formalizing our community as membership grows. We will eventually elect a formal leadership committee and perhaps file for 501c3 status, but all things in time. We ask that you be patient as we work through this process when we have the spoons available. If you are looking for ways to help, head to our Allies page.
In the meantime, Dr. Jamie L. Molaro acts as our Executive Director. Inquiries can be directed to email@example.com.