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 with Diana Pastora Carson 

Where Disability Awareness Meets Disability Inclusion

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For me, supporting disability awareness,  inclusion, and belonging is personal.

As a sibling advocate working to free my brother from a life of segregation and institutionalization, and an elementary school teacher always needing to facilitate inclusion on my own, I was a huge proponent of disability awareness in schools. But then after beginning to teach a disability studies course, I realized that traditional disability awareness strategies were not working. In fact, they were perpetuating more segregation and ableist thinking. 

I restructured my endeavors to take students and educators far beyond simple awareness, and toward inclusion, belonging, community, and connectedness. Since then, countless educators, families, and community members are following suit and taking their communities Beyond Awareness. 

 

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Resources for Every Stage of Your Journey

Disability Awareness Basics


Take a self-guided, digital disability awareness journey, and take yourself, or your school or community, Beyond Awareness.

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Beyond Awareness Podcast


Learn from diverse experts on the Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters Podcast.

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Keynotes & Workshops


Powerful keynotes and workshops for educators, families, and businesses.

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If you care about all kids, you MUST get trained in Beyond Awareness! Make a positive difference in students’ lives now and in the future.”

Carol Green, California State PTA President

Andrea Galang, Elementary School Teacher

"Participating in our school's Beyond Awareness event during my first year as a general education teacher was a life-changing experience." 

I can’t begin to express the deep transformation that occurred in every aspect of my life

Rebecca Night

“Inviting Diana to be our closing speaker at our annual statewide disability conference was the best decision we could have made! Her impact was truly electric!"

Adi Kalika Schaeffer, Northern Arizona University

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up-to-date and respectful?

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Did you know that teaching disability history for kids matters? It really does!!!


If you're aiming for disability awareness but omitting the history surrounding disability, then you're missing the mark. Disability history is rich with discrimination, struggles, champions, and rights. Children and young adults need to know this history if we intend to create equitable communities now and in the future. Grab my lesson plans about Ed Roberts, champion of disability rights, and get started with disability conversations that matter!

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