Advocacy Starts with You: Interacting with Students with Disabilities

You may have noticed that a student in your class has an interpreter with them during lectures or that one of your students has submitted a request for a notetaker. Whether you are a fellow student, faculty or even staff member, your daily interactions might include a student with a disability. To create an inclusive environment, it is important that people know what actions can be taken to offer support. Just as importantly, one must know what actions come off as offensive or exclusive to students with disabilities. Being unaware of offensive behavior puts one at risk for displaying microaggressions. A microaggression is a form of indirect or subtle discrimination towards a minority. Even though microaggressions are typically unintentional, they are harmful and should be avoided. …more>>

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