Math Monday: Highlighting Mathematicians with Disabilities in the Classroom
This Math Monday, we’re celebrating Disability Pride Month with profiles of three amazing mathematicians with disabilities that you can bring into your classroom.
Farida Bedwei is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and disability-rights advocate. She co-founded the fin-tech company Logicel, where she led the creation of a banking software for the micro-finance industry in Ghana.
- Why did Bedwei decide to start her own company?
- Bedwei says her goal is to “get up in the morning and know that what you are doing is making a difference”. In what ways does Bedwei use her skills to make a difference?
Stephen Hawking was a famous physicist, author, and public figure. His research tackled complex cosmological topics; however, Hawking made the science of the universe more broadly accessible through his public appearances and bestselling books, including “A Brief History of Time”.
- What scientific discoveries is Hawking best known for?
- Hawking said “People have the mistaken impression that mathematics is just equations. In fact, equations are just the boring part of mathematics.” Describe a time you have either felt bored or excited by math. What made you feel that way?
Daniel Reinholz is a math professor at San Diego State University. Their research focuses on creating tools to transform education and improve equity.
Read their short autobiography to learn more!
- How did Reinholz discover their love of mathematics?
- The social model of disability is the theory that a disabled person is disabled by the barriers in society, not by their individual attributes. What is one barrier that Reinholz describes?
- Reinholz writes that they first developed a disability identity during the COVID-19 pandemic. What impact did that have? Why is their disability identity important to them?
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