20th Annual Multiple Perspectives Conference: Building Blocks for the Future
On April 6, Amanda Kraus will present Everyday Ableism – Challenging What We Think We Know About Disability: By analyzing examples of language, media and design, we will problematize the dominant narrative on disability and identify prevalent stereotypes that contribute to ableist policy, practice and attitudes. Borrowing from disability studies, we will explore the models used to frame disability as well as emerging thinking that challenges the idea that disability is a personal tragedy or problem, but rather a phenomenon created by the design of our environments with far-reaching political, social and economic implications. We will end with a discussion of practical strategies to create more inclusive and welcoming spaces, processes and experiences for all.
On April 7, Dan Habib will present Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Postsecondary Education. He will draw from his personal experiences and from conversations with thousands of families and educators around the country to discuss what it takes to create a culture of inclusion in our schools, workplaces, and communities. His films vividly document evidence based practices such as universal design for learning, assistive technology, positive behavioral supports, family engagement, youth leadership, and cultural responsiveness. Habib will share and discuss clips from his most recent project, INTELLIGENT LIVES, as well as several other films which show how people with disabilities can successfully participate in a fuller life through general education classes; college; paid, integrated employment; relationships; and all aspects of community life.