B - Accessibility, Equity, Inclusion, and Covid

10:30 - 11:20 AM

Zoom room: https://sinclair.zoom.us/j/81178238100?pwd=NDJkQ1ZEM3pxMXdlc1lkdE5OQlJiUT09

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the importance of a creative mindset to mindfully include all students needs in the way we teach, present, and determine outcomes. 

Students with disabilities often feel excluded from the conversation, have difficulty finding the proper accommodations that allow them to equitably participate in college courses, and find COVID to present even more barriers to an already adverse environment.  

The ADA Amendment Act of 2008 redefined the term “disability” as

  1. A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual
  2. A record of an impairment; or
  3. Being regarded as having such an impairment

(Colker & Grossman, 2014). 

With more and more students understanding that they have protections and abilities to move into higher education, it is the college’s role to accommodate students in a way that provides equitable access to the same courses, programs and services as any and all other students attending college

This session will discuss the rights of students, the role of instructors, and the challenges that students face in the remote COVID environment.  The session will explore the additional challenges that students with accessibility needs face in accessing equitable education.  Discussion on collaboration with Accessibility Services will assist in a better understanding of how the entire college can work as a team to create a more inclusive and equitable environment for students of all abilities. 

  • Expected outcomes/deliverables: 

Attendees will be able to define lessons learned, and recognize best practices, tools, and resources that, if incorporated, could help elevate classroom inclusion.  

This session will utilize a presentation by the accessibility team, a demonstration of ASL in the zoom classroom, and will allow for discussion of the topics presented. Interpreter, Paul Minor

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