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Empowering Students with Disability History: A Webinar for Special Education Professionals

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visits a school for students with disabilities.
Tue, 04/09/2024

April 9, 2024 - Sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of America 

Link to the video recording!

This one-hour workshop empowers Special Education teachers to foster supportive attention to disability and to support integration of disability history across the K-12 academic curriculum, by providing basic historical knowledge, free curriculum materials, and strategies for collaboration with elementary teachers and Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers across grades.

Disability history is history. These voices need to be included. I really liked the connections to the civics curriculum. - Teacher, participant in the first session of the webinar. 

This workshop presents the long arc of disability history from early in American history through the Disability Rights Movement of the 1970s and 1980s up to today. Participants learn tools and strategies to provide students with the tools to self-determine their identity as persons with disabilities and to embrace an empowering model of disability. Participants also explore means to address disability in separate and integrated classrooms. And they access curriculum and resources to help integrate disability history across the curriculum. 

Clear directions on how to access materials. Lots of engagement with the audience. Centering the voices of people with disabilities--in the curriculum but also in this presentation. - Teacher, participant in first session of the webinar. 

See the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum


Led by Rich Cairn, Emerging America, and teacher Ross Newton, HEC Academy teacher. 

April 9, 2024 - 5:00-6:00pm Eastern Time 


Contact Rich Cairn rcairn @ to schedule a presentation of the workshop for your conference or professional development program. 

Thanks to the project advisory committee of Special Education professionals for their guidance in planning this workshop.

Developed with support from a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant. Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.

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