Comprehensive Disability Lessons in K-12 Schools

[Image Description] Foreground – yellow box of multi-colored crayons. Background out of focus–kid in striped shirt coloring a book.

Comprehensive Disability Lessons in K-12 Schools: What is Disability? Why Should Students Learn about it?

Disability spans across the world, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, etc. According to the World Health Organization (2011) approximately 15% of the world’s population is disabled. Chances are we are disabled, work with, love, learn with or interact with people with disabilities in our lives. People with disabilities are a huge population yet there are still beliefs and attitudes that are harmful to people with disabilities.

What does disability really mean? In this workshop participants will discuss disability beyond face value. DEE will expand your ideas of disability so you can use that wisdom to open dialogue with your students. Students who grow up with a more multifaceted view of disability do not hold onto stigma of disability and integrate disability into their worldview. In the long run these students will speak up for disability justice and equality making the world a better place for everyone.

Target Audience: This workshop is offered to K-12 education professionals (student teachers, experienced teachers, resource assistants, special education teachers, etc.) free of charge.

Goals:

Participants will be able to

  • Integrate disability themes and topics throughout their curriculum/lesson plans
  • Feel comfortable discussing disability comprehensively with both disabled and non-disabled students.
  • Define disability under multiple models (Medical and Social)
  • Gain an understanding of the nuances of language around disability
  • Feel comfortable reaching out to DEE for lesson plans and guidance.
  • Develop disability cultural competency

Workshop Facilitator(s): Izzy Kaufman, M.Ed and Alan Holdsworth, M.A. Read more about them here.

Source: World Health Organization