Speakers: Kate Sonka, Executive Director from Teach Access & Rolando Méndez Director of Education, from Teach Access
Description of the topic: What did you learn about accessibility and/or disability when you were in school? We are guessing that the answer is probably “nothing” or “very little.” The discourse in higher education has been mostly around “teaching accessibly”, which involves making sure that course content, technologies, and activities are accessible to students with disabilities. However, very little has been done to make sure that students understand what accessibility is and how it informs their disciplines. A survey in 2017 revealed a gap in accessibility skills. Six years later, that gap still exists. So what can institutions do to make sure their students are equipped to enter the workforce with the skills they need? The conversations must be shifted to “teaching accessibility”, which involves equipping students with basic knowledge of accessibility so that they can develop inclusive practices, policies, and products in their work lives.
Join Teach Access (www.teachaccess.org) for a conversation on how you can drive curricular transformation at your institution, so that accessibility is approached as a 21st-century skill that is taught to every student. In this webinar, we will address the question “Why Teach Accessibility?”, discuss fundamental concepts and skills to include in courses and curricula, and highlight resources for faculty across disciplines.
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM (AST/ PR Time) / 2:00 PM (EST)
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