This session, led by a VCU Art Education instructor and student, will explore the potential of an undergraduate course to develop anti-ableist mindsets and practices in preservice art teachers. The session will provide an overview of the syllabus, which draws on art education, special education, and critical disability studies works in addition to practical application exercises. Participants will learn how to apply a critical lens in examining and reimagining their own lessons from an anti-ableist perspective. Presenters will provide a brief history and critique of how students with learning disabilities are supported within the arts education landscape, as well as practical and anti-ableist strategies that may prove to be effective when working with students with ADHD. In addition to a discussion of future implications, instructional strategies for both preservice teachers and K-12 students will be provided--making this session useful to current faculty and practicing arts teachers alike.
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