Inclusive Educational Tools and Practices for Accessiblity
"Person first or disability first language? There are ongoing conversations and debates within Disability Studies and the Disability Rights Movement as to whether to use person first (“a person who is deaf”) vs disability first language (“a Deaf person”). Both are responses to deficit-based views of disability. For some, person-first language is an important way to reclaim humanity. For others, the self-identification with disability culture is a meaningful counterpoint to stigmatizing disability." - DO-IT Center
All students benefit from increased accessiblity and universal design in the classroom. Instead of a reactive medical and legal model of accommodation to meet minimum ADA requirements alone, faculty are encouraged to adopt a proactive social model grounded in principles of inclusion, anti-oppression and dignity. Also informed, supportive communication about exceptionalities and neurodiversity can create trustful faculty-student relationships that foster student agency and self-advocacy.
"Why accessible materials are critical for inclusivity" by Gaby De Jongh, DO-IT Center, 45 minute webinar that answers these questions "What is it like for someone who uses Assistive Technology to interact with information that is NOT accessible? What does “Accessible Content” mean and how do you create it?"