Our Book Studies center the voices of Disabled authors and creators. By doing this, we are able to examine Disability culture, Disability history, accessibility, accommodations, and ableism with expert guides. We are guided by the Disability Justice framework (Morales & Berne, 2018) and invite participants to develop their cultural competence when engaging individuals of all ages with visible or invisible disabilities and differences. Groups can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your team.
A few titles we recommend are:
- Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally by Emily Ladau
- Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann
- Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
The Disability is Diversity workshop will discuss disability history, disability terms and language and why it matters. The workshop will help participants identify barriers to access and inclusion and will outline simple, straightforward steps towards more inclusive and accessible policies.
- Define Disability as part of a whole person.
- Learn about Disability history and culture.
- Understand the importance of “Nothing about us without us” in the context of naming and eliminating ableism.
- Identify practical steps for removing barriers to access and inclusion.
We bring the exciting world of disability, including many amazing devices and supports, right into your pre-K and elementary classrooms. Students explore topics of disability and difference with expert guidance co-constructing accurate scripts for what it means to be a person with a disability and how to interact with people who have disabilities. Together, we challenge deficit narratives about disability so that students gain the confidence to engage with individuals with disabilities in and out of school contexts. Our program is customizable and can be modified to fit individual classrooms or the entire student body. Examples of topics we address are as follows:
- Disability, what does it mean?
- Devices and Tools
- Accessibility Exploration
- Meet an Expert
We agree with Emily Ladau’s assertion that “honest and sincere guidance and conversation remains a key part of the path forward for the disability community.” We offer one-to-one, leadership, and small group consultation opportunities to engage in these important conversations around inclusion and belonging.
- Accessible Workspaces
- Inclusive Hiring & Employee Retention Practices
- Navigating conversations around disability & difference.