This session will engage participants in discussion around the intersections of ableism and racism in special education. Using Talila A. Lewis’ definition of ableism we will explore the ways in which the arts and special education might devalue disabled students of color through systemic issues and how we, as individual educators, can work to break down those systems. By recognizing and celebrating the intersectional identities of all students we move the needle towards more thoughtful and culturally relevant teaching. Led by social justice educators focused on race and disability, the session will explore how ableism and racism work against students with disabilities in our education system, and then offer action steps that arts educators can take in their teaching practice, curriculum creation, interaction with students, and advocacy to begin to break down these systems and operate within a justice centered framework.
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