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How to Talk to Kids About Disability
March 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm$20.00
[Image Description] Graphic illustration of 4 kids with various disabilities and skin colors. One kid is in a wheelchair another is holding a communication device and another child has braces on their legs.
K-12 Educators strongly encouraged to attend!
Admission is free for educators.
What messages are our children receiving from us and the world about what it means to be disabled?
How should we handle our children’s in-public questions and staring?
What can we do to be welcoming to our children’s neuro-diverse peers?
What are our children watching on YouTube and seeing on social media about disability and how can we foster thoughtful discussions with them?
Let’s end the awkwardness! This empowering workshop will give parents and caregivers respectful vocabulary and teaching strategies to facilitate positive discussions about disability with their children.
Doors open at 2:30, Workshop from 3 – 5 pm.
Each family will take home a goodie bag containing children’s books about disability, coloring pages and more!
Childcare will be provided and the kids will have the opportunity to participate in various age appropriate play based lessons that focus on normalizing disability. There will also be free play opportunities with a variety of toys and activities featuring disability as well as adaptive equipment for hands-on exploration.
The parts of Christopher’s Church where the workshop will be held are wheelchair accessible. There are a few accessible parking spots next to the office entrance. For other specific accessibility or accommodation questions, please email: DisabilityAccessibilityAction@gmail.com
After you sign up for the workshop on Eventbrite, you will receive an email from the event organizers with a short Google survey. Please fill it out promptly as it will help us with planning accommodations for your family.
About the facilitators:
Barbara Wittman, M.S., is a software engineer, martial artist and disability rights advocate. As a person with the same physical disability as Serge Kovaleski, the journalist that Donald Trump referenced during his presidential campaign, she has personal experience with children’s curiosity!
Nadine Silber, J.D., is an Autistic Advocate, author, attorney and mother to two boys who are also on the spectrum. She writes about Neurodiversity and Inclusion relying on her firsthand experience as an Autistic individual and as a parent raising Neurodiverse children in a Neurotypical world.
Dr Christa Bialka, Ed.D., is professor at Villanova University and teaches courses in Disability Studies and Trends in Special Education just to name a few. She encourages her students to think critically about the messages that society and the media send about disabilities throughout history.
Izzy Kaufman, M.Ed., is an educator working at Disability Equality in Education in Philadelphia and is spearheading the Disability Equality in Education initiative, writing K-12 curriculum aimed at reducing stigma and normalizing disability in Pennsylvania Schools. At this event, she is leading the programming for school aged children in the child watch.
Kris Bowman, M.B.A., is the director of REDI, an agency providing early intervention and special education services for Infants, toddlers & pre-school aged children and regularly gives presentations to mainstream preschools about children with disabilities. She is also currently doing doctoral research at Cabrini University on inclusion in educational settings. At this event, she is is leading the programming for pre-school aged children in the child watch.