Post-it Protocols

Post-it Protocols

Simple Tools for Surviving Virtual Meetings By Sarah Kyriazis When the pandemic hit, like most of us who work in offices or classrooms, I grabbed the essential things I thought I would need in the case we wouldn’t be back for weeks. My first priority was my coffee machine and my extra pods, I then packed some books (that I haven’t had a chance to read), an extra device, my colorful felt tip pens, and the last bottle of hand sanitizer. On my way out the door I thought, what else do I need? I popped into our office’s supply

Innovate Inside the Box and the Profile of a Graduate

Innovate Inside the Box and the Profile of a Graduate

Today I had the opportunity to work with an amazing administrative team in the Del Norte School District on the northern coast in California. We were discussing the best entry points to teach high school staff about the importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and providing all students with opportunities to become expert learners.  We had an a-ha moment (think – fireworks in the brain!) and decided that a great place to start is the profile of a graduate. Sometimes called a portrait of a graduate or a vision of a graduate, “a graduate profile is a document that

The Danger of Erasing Disability

The Danger of Erasing Disability

A contribution from the brilliant Dr. Eric Moore. Moore is the Universal Design for Learning  & Accessibility Specialist + Instructional Designer at the University of Tennessee as well as a practicing educational consultant and author of UDL Navigators in Higher Education: A Field Guide. Contact him directly at DREJMOORE@INNOSPIRE.ORG *** “Come the glorious day when all barriers went… y’know…. We’d just be people with impairments; we wouldn’t be disabled people anymore.” ~Laurence Clark When I was a middle school kid in the early stages of going deaf, I didn’t understand all of the cultural baggage and philosophical context associated with

Growing, Changing, and Deepening Thinking About Disability

Growing, Changing, and Deepening Thinking About Disability

Recently, I shared a blog, “My Struggle with the Word “Disabled” and asked for others to share their perspectives. I am floored by the response. It is my goal, with permission, to elevate and celebrate the stories that have been shared with me. In this third installment in this series, I’m happy to share the perspective of Amy Boyden, an educator, a Momma, and an advocate for all students and UDL. I am chiming in because I found myself thinking about disability in a slightly different way this week.  I was looking over a page of my own blog, a page

Shifting From Power to Empowerment

Shifting From Power to Empowerment

Recently, I shared a blog, “My Struggle with the Word “Disabled” and asked for others to share their perspectives. I am floored by the response. It is my goal, with permission, to elevate and celebrate the stories that have been shared with me. In this second installment in this series, Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles shares her thoughts on disability. Hillary is an Assistive Technology Specialist with 20 years of experience, an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of New England, and the brilliant author of One Size Does Not Fit All: Equity, Access, PD, and UDL. Perhaps we do not want to

It’s Time to Honor the Human Experience

It’s Time to Honor the Human Experience

Recently, I shared a blog, “My Struggle with the Word “Disabled” and asked for others to share their perspectives. I am floored by the response. It is my goal, with permission, to elevate and celebrate the stories that have been shared with me. In this first installment in this series, I am incredibly honored to share the work of my dear friend, Joni Degner. Joni is half of the dream consultant team, DTour. Please read her perspective on the term “disabled” and how it has affected her personally. As someone who lived and functioned with no hint of disability for

My Struggle with the Word “Disabled”

If you’ve heard me present, you’ll hear me say, “It is not our learners who are disabled. It is our systems, our curriculum.” This is not to say that our learners don’t have disabilities because they do. Disability is a source of identity, pride, and civil rights. As a mom of a daughter with disability, I wouldn’t trade her, or her disability, for anything in the world. My struggle recently is whether disability and “disabled” are the same thing. By writing this post, I hope to continue difficult conversations about disability so as a field, we can get this right.