The Milk Stool of Success for Differently Abled Students
What are the keys to being successful as a student who is differently abled or diagnosed with a condition that substantially limits daily life functions? How do we as higher education professionals assist these individuals by removing the social, academic and environmental barriers which make equal and equitable access challenging? After completing this session, participants will be able to:
- understand key components of success for differently abled students
- develop a greater sense of awareness to make ADA issues the ceiling and not the floor.
Why We Can’t Wait: Compliance and Accessibility
Through the lens of social justice and the words of Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the father of the Disability Rights Movement, Ed Roberts, this session will establish and motivate a proactive spirit in making course content, classrooms and the campus environment accessible for all individuals regardless of ability level or diagnosis. After completing this session, participants will be able to:
- understand the history of oppression with regards to ability level and the disability rights movement
- learn the difference between retroactive and pro-active accommodation
- know the clearly defined difference between being compliant and being accessible.
Acknowledging Able Bodied Privilege
This session will is designed as a stepping stone to becoming an accessibility advocate by educating participants on ableism and able-bodied privilege. By acknowledging the ease by which we navigate through society juxtaposed to the barriers of others, the goal is to create a framework to become better advocates for accessibility and equity in academic settings. After completing this session, participants will be able to:
- acknowledge and understand their own privilege and subsequent biases rooted in ableism
- develop awareness centered on mobility and sensory barriers for members of the GRCC campus community
- develop observational skills that would enable an individual to spot issues of inaccessibility or inequity that impact differently abled students.
Through Our Eyes: Understanding and Engaging Differently Abled Students
By examining the learning challenges associated with various diagnoses, participants will feel, hear, see, and touch through exercises designed to immerse them into an inaccessible world where frustration, distraction, stress, fear and mental fatigue are daily realities for many of our students. After completing this session, participants will be able to:
- serve as an advocate for accessible course content and program design in their respective units
- move beyond language and action centered on tolerance and into engagement
- develop tools to incorporate into a greater accessibility advocate toolbox centered accommodation through communication and an interactive process.