Disability as a Creative, Ingenious, and Interesting Force As part of its Doing a World of Good Campaign, the AIChE Foundation helped support and develop the institute's first Disability Unity Convocation. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness within the AIChE community regarding the needs and contributions of people with disabilities, and AIChE members with disabilities in particular. Dr. Catherine Kudlick, a historian from San Francisco University, was invited to AIChE's 2016 Annual Meeting in San Francisco to take part in a the event. I've devoted my life to pushing thinking around disability as a creative, ingenious, interesting force. - Catherine Kudlick Dr. Kudlick sat down with past AIChE president Bill Byers to talk about her experiences as a person with vision impairment and give recommendations on how professional societies can be more inclusive of people with disabilities. In her video interview, she talks about how, at first, she was in denial of her disability but then embraced it and utilized it to solve problems and look at information differently than others. When asked how to make professional societies more accessible to people with disabilities, Catherine suggested integrating disability throughout an organization's offerings, including making conferences friendlier to people with disabilities. Give Now The Disability Unity Convocation is made possible by the AIChE's Foundation's Doing a World of Good Campaign. Related Content: Mar 22, 2017 Imagine what all of us can do. The Doing a World of Good Campaign is one of the most ambitious fundraising programs in our history. AIChE expects to raise $15 million over five years that will be directed toward five transformative priorities. Learn more. Feb 21, 2017 A Remarkable Year of Empowering Good In 2016, the AIChE Foundation advanced its mission to make the world a better and safer place through chemical engineering. Thanks to our generous supporters we are demonstrating our dedication to doing a world of good.