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Becoming an Ally: Shifting Mindsets and Action Towards Inclusive Practices
Session 1 – Acknowledging Perceptions About Disability
Although people with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, disability is often left out of conversations about diversity and equity. This workshop explores how students with disabilities contribute to diversity in the school population. We will explore what our perceptions of disability truly are and how we can work to ensure that disability is considered when assessing and supporting diversity. This workshop will cover topics such as language around disability and ableism.
Session 2 – Putting New Perceptions About Disability Into Action
Building on session one, this webinar will provide participants with the tools, strategies, and resources to consider how new perceptions of disability can translate into action. Participants will focus on actionable steps they can take, and bring back to their teams, to strengthen awareness of these topics.
Sam DrazinExecutive Director- Changing Perspectives
Sam Drazin is a certified elementary educator who taught for many years in public schools. Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss, Sam underwent seven surgeries as a child. Sam’s experiences, both as a student with a difference and as a teacher working in an inclusive classroom, helped him recognize the importance of improving awareness of and understanding about differences. Sam serves as the Executive Director of Changing Perspectives, an educational nonprofit that promotes disability awareness, and holds leadership roles on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.