ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Critical Disability Studies: Implications for Justice-Oriented Arts Education

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Jenna Gabriel
Virginia Commonwealth University, Arts in Education Consultant | Special Education Specialist

Jenna Gabriel is a PhD student and Instructor of Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research examines applications of critical disability studies to the preparation of preservice arts educators and to the design of justice-oriented arts pedagogies that enable students with disabilities to thrive. A former arts educator and administrator herself, Jenna holds a BFA from NYU/Tisch and an EdM from Harvard University.


This session will offer an introduction to critical disability studies and its practical implications for arts education. The presenter will distinguish between the medical, social, affirmative, and political/relational models of disability with a focus on what each might offer practicing arts teachers supporting students with disabilities in their classrooms. Participants will learn practical strategies to create environments that en-able rather than dis-able their students and explore considerations for the design of arts learning experiences that are accessible, inclusive, and just.

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