International Alliance for Ability in Science

Together, We Make a Difference

Mahomet, IL   |  https://iafais.org/

Mission

The International Alliance for Ability in Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed to improve the culture of academia and research through empowering upcoming and established scientists who also have disability conditions of all kinds and to all degrees.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder and President

Melissa Coffel

Co-Founder and Vice President

Joey Ramp

Main address

409 West Northridge Drive

Mahomet, IL 61853 USA

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EIN

84-3880416

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (U01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working towards providing educational resources for researchers, laboratory members, and Principal Investigators about disability conditions and how to make laboratory and research environments more accessible for all investigators. Our goal is to increase understanding by demystifying disability and chronic illness and what this looks like for some, while nurturing a culture that provides positive learning environments for all.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

End Stigma

We are working towards providing educational resources for researchers, laboratory members, and Principal Investigators about disability conditions and how to make laboratory and research environments more accessible for all investigators. Our goal is to increase understanding by demystifying disability and chronic illness and what this looks like for some, while nurturing a culture that provides positive learning environments for all.

Promote Understanding
We are working towards providing scholarship opportunities aimed for researchers who have disability conditions, so that they can fully focus on what they do best -- their science.

Investigate
As we continue in our goals, we will be working to create more funds to power future studies from any discipline.

We want to put the power in your hands, and as a part of our scholarship opportunities, providing mentorship and financial support for the projects that you are passionate about!

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of advocacy contacts with government leaders

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

End Stigma

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Joey Ramp works with legal advisors and university disability administrators to provide insight into the development of new service dog policies and laws to provide equal access to a STEM education.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

End Stigma

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Joey Ramp works directly with student service dog handlers and universities to develop accommodations that provide equal access to a STEM education.

Hours of volunteer service

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

End Stigma

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Joey Ramp earned the Presidents Gold Standard Volunteer Award for 500+ hours of volunteer service.

Average financial aid award per FTE student

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

End Stigma

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer financial aid to student service dog handlers who need to outfit their service dog with personal protective equipment (PPE) to enter a laboratory environment. Cost per unit is $200.

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

End Stigma

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Joey Ramp is affiliated with a clinical psychologist who works with students with disabilities. She is has a consulting company that works directly with student scientists with disabilities.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to support student scientists with disabilities and help them to reach their goals and potentials. In addition, provide additional resources to the science community to remove stigma surrounding scientists with disabilities.

We are working towards providing scholarship opportunities aimed for researchers who have disability conditions, so that they can fully focus on what they do best -- their science. As we continue in our goals, we will be working to create more funds to power future studies from any discipline.

We want to put the power in their hands, and as a part of our scholarship opportunities, providing mentorship and financial support for the projects that you are passionate about!

The Founder and Co-Founder are both scientists with disabilities who are successful in their field. Through experience they have a unique perspective that allows them to connect directly to each individual and as a colleague connect to STEM professionals. The Founder has a long family history of successful management and fundraising for a non-profit. That expertise will be applied to development of strong financial stability for "International Alliance for Ability in Science."

We are a new organization but we have met the first of our two short term goals in fundraising. We will be offering the first of our scholarships in the Fall or 2021 to a qualified student scientist with a disability. We are fundraising to provide a financial aid fund for student service dog handlers who need to outfit their service dog with personal protective equipment (PPE) so they can assist their handler in a n academic laboratory environment. We have secured corporate sponsors to assist with the financial aid program.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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International Alliance for Ability in Science

Board of directors
as of 12/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melissa Coffel


Board co-chair

Joey Ramp

Empower Ability Consulting, LLC

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/03/2020

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.