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The Power of Inclusion In and Beyond School
Session 1 – The What and Why of Inclusive Communities
February 3rd, 2022 3:30- 5:00 PM PST
Inclusion of people with disabilities is not limited to PreK-22 programs. Inclusion of individuals with disabilities is a part of mainstream society. This webinar will explore examples of inclusion of people with disabilities within society. Through an understanding of inclusion beyond schools, parents become empowered to ensure that students with disabilities are a part of society throughout their lives.
Session 2 – Leveraging Disability Awareness to Build Confidence and Advocacy Skills
February 8th, 2022 3:30- 5:00 PM PST
Self-advocacy is an invaluable skill for young adults who live with disabilities; however, many young people with disabilities are unable to self-advocate in the most effective ways. In order to be a self-advocate you have to have a solid understanding of who you are; your strengths, challenges, and needs. This foundation of self-awareness can be rooted within the concept of disability awareness. As parents and caregivers of young people with disabilities, you have the power to help promote disability awareness in a way that will boost self-confidence and, in turn, self-advocacy. This webinar will provide parents and caregivers with specific strategies and resources for ways they can support their children with disabilities in becoming more confident in their individual identities and how to advocate for themselves.
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.