People with disabilities experience health disparities, largely due to inequitable healthcare systems and practitioners who inadequately consider their needs. This population deserves comprehensive healthcare. One necessity in moving the needle toward equitable care is to ensure information related to healthcare needs is accessible to medical practitioners, policy makers, caregivers, and people with disabilities. Research shows Wikipedia content influences tourismscientists, and even judges’ legal rulings. That’s why it’s vital that we take part in updating and correcting Wikipedia’s content. Let’s leverage that power to improve healthcare accessibility for adults with developmental disabilities, educating everyone from journalists to policymakers to the medical community.

Over the next several months, Wiki Education is running an initiative to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of healthcare for adults with disabilities. We’re looking for researchers, disability studies scholars, medical practitioners, and any other subject-matter experts who can bring high-quality knowledge about disabilities and healthcare to the world through Wikipedia.

We’re running 6-week virtual Wiki Scientists courses to give participants the time and space to learn how to add important research related to this topic to Wikipedia. Selected applicants will participate in an in-depth, structured Wikipedia training, giving them the dedicated time and support they need to join the open knowledge movement. We encourage adults with developmental disabilities to apply and/or spread the opportunity in their networks.

Please join us in this initiative and sign up for any of these upcoming courses:

January 16–February 20, 2024

Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific (1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern)

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March 6–April 10, 2024

Wednesdays from 9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific (12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern)

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