- People with Disabilities Are the Best Teachers: Start Unlearning the Curriculum of Ableism
People with Disabilities Are the Best Teachers: Start Unlearning the Curriculum of AbleismNovember 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CST Free
Registration Deadline: TUE. 11/9/21
Educators are welcome to join us to slow down, reflect and consider how we could lessen the ways that ableism affects our teaching and our students in both the classroom and across our larger educational systems. Let’s examine why and how, despite modern disability rights legislation, ableism persists as an oppressive system that treats certain abilities, bodies and minds as if they are superior to others.
By re-centering people with disabilities as the best teachers, we aim to “trouble the waters” of ableism and resist the myth of Normal that is harming not only people with disabilities, but also any people not seen as “ideal learners.” Alternative frames and practical strategies will be shared as tools that benefit us all: human-centered design, strengths-based differentiated learning, elevated expectations, neurodivergence, deep empathy and radical inclusion. Our goal is that participants leave with action steps to help transform classrooms into welcoming spaces for all abilities, minds and bodies.