Roadmaps and Rampways chronicles the stories of three dozen young people who have overcome disabilities to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each of the students was a participant in Entry Point!, a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that places students with apparent or non-apparent disabilities in research and development internships in labs around the country. The book looks at the various aspects of success necessary to survive and thrive—from assistive technology and support services to perseverance and supportive families—and profiles students who have used those assets to pursue their career goals. The book also includes information about the ways disability, law, careers, and attitudes intersect.
Roadmaps and Rampways can be used in any discussion about career pursuits, because what makes these students successful is what makes anyone successful in their work. It might also make for inspiring reading for students who suffer from learning disabilities, who have suffered personal set-backs in some capacity, or who just generally learn at a slower pace than other students. They might find it reassuring to learn that what some might consider an impediment is no reason not to pursue their dreams and career goals. The history of the disability movement included in the book also might be educational and useful to those wanting to make larger societal changes.
It also can be used in the science classroom when exploring who scientists are, what personal qualities make someone a successful scientist, and why these are assets in the laboratory.