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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Friday, December 2 • 8:20am - 9:10am
What's The Problem?: Problematizing Classroom Environments to Create Truly Inclusive Classroom Communities LIMITED

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This session explores the idea of 'problematizing,' a design concept that describes the process of examining commonly accepted attitudes, beliefs, processes and structures for the purpose of critically evaluating their impact on human lives. In learning environment problematizing is a means to identify the barriers to learning that are so deeply embedded in our environment and belief systems that we have grown accustomed to them and take them for granted. These hidden problems create barriers for some people in certain contexts. Once they are uncovered the problem solving process can begin. Applied to inclusive education, this is the process that needs to occur in classrooms in order for them to be universally designed to meet all studentsŸ?? needs and to be truly inclusive. This session begins with a theoretical foundation of problematizing and habituation. Then, examples of solved problems for physical space of the classroom, materials, instruction, behavioral expectations, and social contexts will be shared. Last, time will be devoted to sharing new problems and creating solutions collaboratively. After this session, participants will be able to: 1. Define the concepts of habituation and problematizing; 2. Explain the application of these terms to the inclusive classroom environment; 3. Identify problems or barriers that arise for people with disabilities; and 4. Produce solutions to the barriers to create universally designed environments.

Speakers
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Whitney Rapp

Associate Professor, St. John Fisher College
Whitney Rapp is an Associate Professor of Inclusive Education. Her areas of expertise are universal design for learning; positive classroom management and behavioral support; and planning and instruction for highly diverse, inclusive classrooms. Dr. Rapp is the author of Universal Design for Learning in Action: 100 Ways to Teach All Learners and the co-author of Teaching Everyone: An Introduction to Inclusive Education.


Friday December 2, 2016 8:20am - 9:10am
Midway Suites IV 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Attendees (24)