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Professional Development Presentations

As the Anti-Ableist Teaching Team, we invite you to use these ready-made presentations to provide professional development to your colleagues. You will find that the presentations include presenter notes for each slide to help you prepare.

Ableism in children's books

by Maya Kalyanpur

This module contextualizes disability within the social sphere by highlighting some deficit model attitudes towards people with disabilities, a form of ableism, often depicted in media. Focusing on children’s literature as a genre of media, it challenges common stereotypes, presenting examples of negative and positive portrayals of people with disabilities, both overt and subtle. It presents an adapted version of Nasatir & Horn’s (2003) guidelines for evaluating children’s books, as a tool for teachers to use when choosing books for their classroom.

Beyond awareness orientation

by Diana Pastora Carson

This presentation is for educators who want to bring a disability studies approach to disability awareness efforts, but need some structured, foundational resources to get started. If you plan to do disability awareness and you want your efforts to result in positive societal changes, this presentation will get you moving in the right direction.

How we view disability and why it matters at school?

by Suzanne Stolz

This presentation focuses on how we view disability and why it matters at school. Seldom do teachers have the opportunity to think deeply about the way they have come to think about disability, to examine their assumptions, and reflect on their experiences with disability and how that impacts the way they teach. Having time and space for conversation about disability can positively impact our practice and the learning environments we create.

Cultural Reciprocity: Understanding the influence of culture on students'behavior

by Maya Kalyanpur

This module focuses on enhancing an understanding of disability from a social model perspective. It seeks to reduce some of the social inequities that occur in classrooms with students from culturally diverse backgrounds by presenting research illustrating the influence of culture on behavior that will enable teachers to assume competence and reject deficit models of disability. It describes the process of cultural reciprocity as a means of privileging the interests and voices of culturally diverse families towards building more effective parent-professional relationships.

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