Do you dream of being part of a school culture where all students are valued?
Good News! It’s Possible!
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You became an educator to make a difference, but all of your efforts 

to create a more welcoming school culture don't seem to be making
the difference you hoped for. 

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You’re still experiencing…
  • Frustration due to staff and administrative resistance to inclusion
  • Lack of respect and dignity for students with disabilities
  • A sense that you are failing your students
  • Lack of a sense of belonging of students with disabilities
  • A fear that you will never be able to make that difference you have passionately worked toward

Your students with disabilities deserve to have the dignity and respect that other students receive. And you know it.

 

When you’ve tried to create a change, there was nowhere to turn.

 
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NO RESOURCES

NO SUPPORT

NO GUIDANCE

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NO RESOURCES

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NO SUPPORT

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NO GUIDANCE

And, the things you learned in college, and have read, have not worked and seem to be making things worse.

Yes! I Want A More Inclusive School Culture!

PICTURE A SCHOOL WHERE...

 
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ALL students are valued.

 

Everyone, staff, admin, and students, are open to learning and inclusion.

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There’s an understanding of why inclusion is important, and a vision for a more inclusive future.

PICTURE A SCHOOL WHERE...

 
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ALL students are included and valued

 

Everyone, staff and students, are open to learning and inclusion

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There’s a vision of a more inclusive future

Imagine...

 your colleagues not only supporting your dreams for inclusion in your classroom, but actually wanting to include students with disabilities in theirs !

It's Possible!

Imagine...

 walking out to the playground and seeing your students with disabilities being included and playing just like everyone else.

It's Possible!

Hey there, I’m Diana.  I’m a teacher in elementary and higher education, an author, speaker, and proud sibling advocate! 

After watching my brother, Joaquin, endure segregated education all his life and then being institutionalized, and seeing all the horrific things he went through, I fought for years to bring him home.

After the years of fighting, I knew things had to change!

I started my teaching career as a general ed teacher, then taught special ed for a few years, and then crossed back over to general ed with the commitment to demonstrating how inclusion can work. I knew that I needed to create an inclusive classroom, one where ALL kids were welcome and where they all learned together. I wanted to ensure that no child would ever have to endure what my brother and our family lived through.

So, I dove in! I passionately protected the right to inclusive education, aka “least restrictive environment,” for all of my students. But I also thought that I needed to educate my school community with some good old-fashioned disability awareness. I did what I had been taught and what I had seen modeled: disability simulations, puppet shows,  and inspirational stories. I did this for several years, hosting elaborate school-wide events. 

Unfortunately, the results weren't what I was hoping for. Instead of creating inclusive mindsets, I was creating more pity, apathy, and separation.

  

Diana Pastora Carson, a Latina woman, sits in a sunlit porch, with laptop in her lap, looking over toward the camera. Long brown hair is pulled back with some draped to front over her shoulder. She is wearing a grey sweater. Blue building in background.

Something was missing. I was on a mission! I needed to find a way to maintain dignity and respect for those with disabilities, while empowering our school with an understanding of social justice as it relates to people with disabilities.

The answer came to me when I started teaching a Disability Studies course through San Diego State University. In my research and preparation, I learned about two of the main disability models - the medical model and the social model - and the difference that distinguishing between the two can make. This knowledge completely shifted my focus and my disability awareness strategies.

I took what I was teaching at SDSU and started incorporating it into my elementary classroom and school. This is when I began to see a huge change!

I had always seen my own students being kind and inclusive. But I started to see other students on campus advocate for their peers with disabilities. And my own colleagues, who had previously resisted inclusion, were much more open to inclusive possibilities!

I took what I was doing in my classroom schoolwide, drawing attention from other schools and school districts. I even received the honor of Teacher of the Year at my school, two awards from the California PTA, and a Challenge Coin from my district superintendent because of my Beyond Awareness work. My school culture completely changed. There is a schoolwide respect for all students, a general spirit of kindness and diversity appreciation, and a desire to be more inclusive.

 

 

I'm now on a mission to bring my Beyond Awareness movement to classrooms and schools around the world!

 
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Joaquin and Diana Carson, siblings, stand in an embrace. Joaquin is wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap and stands tall, smiling as he looks into distance, while his much shorter sister looks up at him, smiling with her hand on his chest as she hugs him. Diana wears a flowery, flowy blouse and her long brown hair hangs back as she lucks up to her brother.
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Diana Pastora Carson, a Latina woman, sits in a sunlit porch, with laptop in her lap, looking over toward the camera. Long brown hair is pulled back with some draped to front over her shoulder. She is wearing a grey sweater. Blue building in background.

Hey there, I’m Diana.  I’m a teacher in elementary and higher education, an author, speaker, and proud sibling advocate! 

After watching my brother, Joaquin, endure segregated education all his life and then being institutionalized, and seeing all the horrific things he went through, I fought for years to bring him home.

After the years of fighting, I knew things had to change!

I started my teaching career as a general ed teacher, then taught special ed for a few years, and then crossed back over to general ed with the commitment to demonstrating how inclusion can work. I knew that I needed to create an inclusive classroom, one where ALL kids were welcome and where they all learned together. I wanted to ensure that no child would ever have to endure what my brother and our family lived through.

So, I dove in! I passionately protected the right to inclusive education, aka “least restrictive environment,” for all of my students. But I also thought that I needed to educate my school community with some good old-fashioned disability awareness. I did what I had been taught and what I had seen modeled: disability simulations, puppet shows,  and inspirational stories. I did this for several years, hosting elaborate school-wide events. 

Unfortunately, the results weren't what I was hoping for. Instead of creating inclusive mindsets, I was creating more pity, apathy, and separation.

Joaquin and Diana Carson, siblings, stand in an embrace. Joaquin is wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap and stands tall, smiling as he looks into distance, while his much shorter sister looks up at him, smiling with her hand on his chest as she hugs him. Diana wears a flowery, flowy blouse and her long brown hair hangs back as she lucks up to her brother.

Something was missing. I was on a mission! I needed to find a way to maintain dignity and respect for those with disabilities, while empowering our school with an understanding of social justice as it relates to people with disabilities.

The answer came to me when I started teaching a Disability Studies course through San Diego State University. In my research and preparation, I learned about two of the main disability models - the medical model and the social model - and the difference that distinguishing between the two can make. This knowledge completely shifted my focus and my disability awareness strategies.

I took what I was teaching at SDSU and started incorporating it into my elementary classroom and school. This is when I began to see a huge change!

I had always seen my own students being kind and inclusive. But I started to see other students on campus advocate for their peers with disabilities. And my colleagues were much more open to inclusive possibilities!

I took what I was doing in my classroom schoolwide, drawing attention from other schools and school districts. I even received a Challenge Coin from my district superintendent because of my Beyond Awareness work. My school culture completely changed. There is a schoolwide respect for all students, and general spirit of kindness and diversity appreciation.

 

I'm now on a mission to bring my Beyond Awareness movement to classrooms and schools around the world!

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The classroom-tested, research-based system for teachers who are ready to inspire and change their school culture to one of openness, diversity appreciation, and inclusion.

This isn’t just a course, it’s a movement!
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Perfect for ALL Teachers!

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Yes! I'm Ready To Join The Movement!
WHAT’S INCLUDED
 
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What We’ve Always Done and Why It Doesn't Help

Step away from the traditional models of disability awareness (which are counterproductive and often ableist). Learn research-based, best practices that truly make a difference.

Walk away with the foundational understanding of the disability experience so you can model and teach your students how to interact with and support their peers with disabilities.

Disability Models

Learn the two main models of disability and how the “new” model leads to social justice and inclusion.

Portray disability from a research-based Disability Studies perspective of diversity, access, equity, and inclusion.

What Is Ableism and Why Does It Matter?

Flip the switch from ableism to anti-ableism, pro-dignity, and pro-inclusion! Learn the common ableist practices and how to turn them around. Become the model of dignity and inclusion for your students!

Be an ally! Be proactively anti-ableist!

Access & Inclusion

Discover why access and inclusion are critical for your students with disabilities. Teach your students about how access is critical for inclusion to work. They’ll carry this lesson with them throughout their lives!

Give your students the best with access and inclusion.

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Assistive Technology

Take access and inclusion to the next level with assistive technology. Learn how  assistive technology is a foundational point of access for many people with disabilities.

★ Give your students a complete appreciation for diversity and the benefits of assistive technology.

Disability History

Think of this as your roadmap to becoming a true disability justice advocate. After this lesson, you’ll truly “get it” and see why it’s so important to know this and teach it to your students, faculty, and staff.

Your “go-to” guide to becoming an informed disability advocate!

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Respectful Language 

Avoid embarrassing interactions with people with disabilities by learning what to say and what not to say. Learn how to speak in a respectful and inclusive way.

Learn the respectful way to speak with and about students and other people with disabilities.

Choosing the Right Books & Resources

Learn how to screen classroom books and resources to make sure you're choosing resources that take students beyond simple awareness of differences, but further the work of creating access and inclusion in our communities.

Fill your classroom with books and resources that are anti-ableist and create awareness of  access, equity, inclusion, and justice for all.

Consider this your key to

opening a world to a more inclusive school

culture and future for your students!

Watch students interact with and support their peers in a way that builds morale among your students

Know exactly what to say to your colleagues and students so that they understand their power in contributing to the life quality of all

Learn the essential ingredients to a pro-inclusion culture and campus environment

Leave school each day feeling fulfilled and supported, knowing your students are getting the best!

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"What you have done here at McMillin for the past 18 years has made a tremendous difference in our students and in our school culture. I know this not only because of the students who walk the halls each day with a kindness and inclusive spirit that is unique to our campus, but also because my own son who attended school here from kindergarten through 6th grade, and who is now an EMT, is completely comfortable, compassionate, and capable  when serving his patients with disabilities. This Beyond Awareness work has done a great, life-long service to our students, and to our community."

Cynthia Orr, Principal, McMillin Elementary

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BONUS MODULE

Finding Perfect Guest Speakers

In this bonus module, I'm sharing all my tips and scripts to find the perfect guest speakers to bring in to your classroom, school, or Beyond Awareness event. 

VIDEO LIBRARY

ABILITY  Magazine's ADA 30th Anniversary Interviews

I've compiled some of my favorite interviews from my ABILITY Magazine ADA 30th Anniversary interview series. Meet some of the most amazing disability advocates in the world!

RESOURCE TOOLKIT

Get Your School
On Board Toolkit

You don't need to be nervous about trying to get your school on board with your Beyond Awareness movement. I'm giving you the exact things to say and share to get them as excited as you!

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In this bonus module, I'm sharing all my tips and scripts to find the perfect guest speakers to bring in to your classroom, school, or Beyond Awareness event. 

I've compiled some of my favorite interviews from my ABILITY Magazine ADA 30th Anniversary interview series. Meet some of the most amazing disability advocates in the world!

You don't need to be nervous about trying to get your school on board with your Beyond Awareness movement. I'm giving you the exact things to say and share to get them as excited as you!

 

“Diana’s Beyond Awareness events are extraordinary. The excitement in the air with the students, staff, and parents always brings a smile to my face, and motivation to share my story not only as a blind athlete, but also my experiences as a community member who succeeds, not just because of my positive attitude, but also because of societal access and inclusion. I’ve seen a lot of disability awareness activities and events. But her events by far make the most sense and are the best out there. Every school should go Beyond Awareness!”

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Beyond Awareness

the key to opening a WORLD TO A MORE INCLUSIVE SCHOOL!

 
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9 Video Lessons                               (Value $450)
Beyond Awareness Workbook    (Value $50)
Classroom Posters                          (Value $20)
Scripts and Resources                   (Value $50)

Find the Perfect Guest Speakers            (Value $50)
ABILITY Magazine Interview Vault (Value $ Priceless)

Get Your School On Board Toolkit       (Value $50)

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“All I can say is thank you, Diana, for doing what we all aspired to do when we became educators. You are making a difference with your dedication, your inspiration, and your commitment to educating our students. Awesome!”

Jorge Mora, Administrator, Chula Vista Elementary School District

 
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“YOU are amazing.  Our Beyond Awareness Celebration was so smooth and educational, as always.  Thank you for doing this and having the guest speakers come to our rooms.  It is so important that our kids understand HOW to love and accept others; not just that they should.”

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“Transformative teaching must move beyond awareness and acceptance of disability as a collection of impairments, to an appreciation of the importance of diverse minds and bodies, and to enact contemporary curricula that: is inclusive of disability history, culture, arts; and educational content that reduces unintentional prejudices; learns from historical role models, and expands access to technological innovations that embrace our shared humanity. I hope you enjoy Diana’s work as much as I have.”

Dr. Michelle R. Nario-Redmond, Author of Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice

 

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Beyond Awareness

the key to opening a WORLD TO A MORE INCLUSIVE SCHOOL!

 
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9 Video Lessons                               (Value $450)
Beyond Awareness Workbook    (Value $50)
Classroom Posters                          (Value $20)
Scripts and Resources                   (Value $50)

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"Inviting Diana Pastora Carson to be our closing speaker at our annual statewide disability conference was the best decision we could have made! Her impact was truly electric! She successfully combined exceptional storytelling, powerful emotional appeal, and the universal themes of advocacy for human dignity and disability rights. What a treat for us and our 300+ conference participants!”

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

I took an inclusion of students with disabilities course in college, how is this different?

This is totally different. This is all about how we promote disability awareness within our school community. We can be great at including students, and even advocating for full inclusion, and still hold ableist beliefs. We've all been there. I still continue to check my thoughts, words, and actions on a daily basis. But I would not be conscious of a need to do this without the foundational work I've done through disability studies research and relationships with a diverse array of friends and colleagues who experience disability.

This course will teach you everything I've learned so far, and put you in a position to inspire inclusion among students, staff and administration, year after year.

 
I’ve tried to talk to the faculty and administration at my school about inclusion, but nothing changed. Will this course help me get the faculty and administration on board? How?

Yes! I know it can be tough to try to get everyone on board, that's why I've included the "Get Your School On Board Toolkit". Inside this toolkit, I've created a Done-For-You presentation with speaker notes so you know exactly what to say to get your school on board!

 
Between writing lesson plans, grading papers, and teaching I don’t have a lot of time. How much time will I need for the course?

I know how busy being a teacher is. I’ve created this course so the lessons are short and easy to go through. Most of the lessons are less than 20 minutes. You can watch the lessons one at a time or watch a few and come back later.

 
The students in my school don’t include the students with disabilities. How will this course help me teach the students to include the students with disabilities?

The students don’t include students with disabilities because they don’t know how to respond or react to them. And they haven't been taught, truly taught, why it's important. After going through this course, you’ll be able to teach these crucial concepts to your students.

 
Do I need to be a special ed teacher to take this class?

No! When I started the Beyond Awareness movement in my classroom, I was a general ed teacher. As long as you’ve got a desire to create an inclusive school, this course is for you!  No matter your background, if you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and you follow my teachings, then you are qualified. I believe in you!

 
If I’m not ready to bring in guest speakers, will I still be able to create a change in my school without bringing them in?

Yes! You can definitely facilitate a culture shift without bringing in guest speakers. After taking this course, you’ll find that it’s the little things you do every day in your classroom that can create a big difference. Bringing in guest speakers is icing on the cake that at some point, you may be ready to try!

 
What if I don’t have students with disabilities in my class, but I’m passionate about inclusion, is this course for me?

Yes! Yes! Yes! If you’re passionate about inclusion, this course is a must have! You’ll be able to teach your students how to speak about disability, how to respond to people with disabilities and so much more. Change begins with you and what you teach your students.

 
Do you offer group rates?

Yes! Reach out to me at [email protected]. We'll discuss your needs.

 

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Today can be the start of a new world!

BE THE DIFFERENCE!

It's time to create the school you dream of with

Beyond Awareness

the key to opening a WORLD TO A MORE INCLUSIVE SCHOOL!

 
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9 Video Lessons                               (Value $450)
Beyond Awareness Workbook    (Value $50)
Classroom Posters                          (Value $20)
Scripts and Resources                   (Value $50)

Find the Perfect Guest Speakers            (Value $50)

ABILITY Magazine Interview Vault (Value $ Priceless)

Get Your School On Board Toolkit       (Value $50)

TOTAL VALUE = ($670)

 

Regular Price = $197

Today's Price = $97
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