People with Disabilities Are the Best Teachers: Start Unlearning the Curriculum of Ableism

People with Disabilities Are the Best Teachers: Start Unlearning the Curriculum of Ableism

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Standard Time (Not sure what time this is in your time zone? Use an online time zone converter. Make sure to adjust it to the two time zones you need to compare!)

Cost: There is no fee for this training, but your tax-deductible donation will support our tutor training program and literacy learners across Minnesota!

Presenter: Rebecca Dosch Brown, Interdisciplinary Education Director, The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. About Rebecca.
Muna Khalif, Education Program Specialist 2, The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. About Muna.
Katrina Simons, Community Program Specialist, The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. About Katrina.

Description: Educators are welcome to join us to slow down, reflect and consider how we could lessen the ways that ableism affects our teaching and our students in both the classroom and across our larger educational systems. Let’s examine why and how, despite modern disability rights legislation, ableism persists as an oppressive system that treats certain abilities, bodies and minds as if they are superior to others.

By re-centering people with disabilities as the best teachers, we aim to “trouble the waters” of ableism and resist the myth of Normal that is harming not only people with disabilities, but also any people not seen as “ideal learners.” Alternative frames and practical strategies will be shared as tools that benefit us all: human-centered design, strengths-based differentiated learning, elevated expectations, neurodivergence, deep empathy and radical inclusion. Our goal is that participants leave with action steps to help transform classrooms into welcoming spaces for all abilities, minds and bodies.

Please note that you may be asked to participate in discussion groups during the webinar. Please plan to join us from a quiet setting where you can see the PowerPoint slides and use your audio.

CEUs will be emailed to participants after the webinar, typically within 1-2 business days. Please note that if you miss more than 15 minutes of the session, we are unable to issue you CEUs.

Webinars are not recorded, but please check our training calendar for additional sessions.

This workshop meets the Literacy Minnesota Equity and Cultural Awareness in Education (formerly the Social Justice in Education) Certificate Program requirements. Learn more about the certificate program.

Questions? Contact Kelly at or 651-251-9074.

Literacy Minnesota is committed to providing access for people with disabilities at our trainings and events. To request accommodations, please contact Kelly at or 651-251-9074 at least two weeks in advance.

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