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Don't rely on outdated books and disability awareness strategies that perpetuate ableism. Through these disability history lesson plans, learn the fundamental topics that actually make a difference, taking students BEYOND AWARENESS!
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You are all for diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging! But when it comes to teaching about disability, you're not sure what to say or what to do with your students.
You’re still experiencing…
- Uncertainty about where to turn for information
- Lack of research-based and trustworthy resources
- Insecurity about your own knowledge about disability
- A fear that you might do or say something offensive or ableist
You are competent and capable. And you know it.
You just need the right resources.
It's time to take action with the
Disability History Thematic Unit
Based on the children's book, Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights
- Peace of mind! Lesson Plans designed by a classroom teacher AND Disability Studies Educator
- 3 Printable Lesson Plans Complete with:
- Teacher Scripts and Talking Points
- Visual Aids
- Communication Aids
- Extension Ideas
- Links to More Resources
Plus, these bonuses...
- BONUS: How to Talk About Disability with Students. Know what to say and what not to say to students when discussing disability.
- BONUS: Beyond Awareness Guest Speaker Video Interviews. Links to more than 10 adults with disabilities, talking to students of all ages about ableism, access, assistive technology, inclusion, and all things foundational to going beyond awareness.
- BONUS: Beautiful Printable Portrait of Ed Roberts by artist, Patrick William Connally, whose artwork graces the Smithsonian, as well as the pages of children's book, Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights.
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.
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 an expectation of school wide 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!
What are you waiting for? Grab these lesson plans for only $9.97 $15 today. That's 30% off the regular price!
At Only $9.97, these lesson plans will give you peace of mind, and confidence in your DEI passion, and will be the best investment you've made in your disability awareness efforts!