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Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters

Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters

Hosted by: Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed.

Is it appropriate to talk about disability? Is there a way to respectfully talk about disability? What words do I use when talking about disability? How do I teach kids about disability? Why do I feel awkward when I...

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39. Inclusionary Practices for Schools with Dr. Cassie Martin

Dr. Cassie Martin In this episode, Diana interviews Dr. Cassie Martin, Executive Director of Special Education for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State.  She was also the...
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38. Disability Awareness Distinctions with Diana Pastora Carson

In this solo episode, Diana speaks from her heart about the distinctions she advocates for within any disability awareness endeavors, and why long-term, traditional disability awareness practices are unproductive and...
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37. My Disability Awareness "Why"

In this episode, Diana discusses the correlation between real life situations that she and other individuals and their family members find themselves in due to lack of societal commitment to their well-being, and the...
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36. Creating Belonging, Connection, and Community with Dr. Leah Kelley

In this episode, Diana has a conversation with Dr. Leah Kelley, author of The Person Who Arrives: Connecting Disability Studies and Educational Practice for Teachers, Parents, and Others. They discuss the importance...
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35. Mainstreaming, Integration, Inclusion & Belonging with Dr. Shelley Moore

In this episode, Diana has a conversation with Dr. Shelley Moore. Shelley is a Canadian educator and an expert on special education who also has taught in the U.S. She is the author of One Without the Other, which...
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34. Disability Awareness: Do It Right

In this episode, Diana leads listeners through guidelines for leading a disability awareness event from a social model lens. She tells the story of how she used to conduct disability awareness using traditional,...
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33. Parent Advocacy for Inclusion with Olivier Bernier / Forget Me Not Film

In this episode, Diana interviews Olivier Bernier, film producer of Forget Me Not, which revolves around his family's fight for inclusive schooling for their son, Emilio, who has Down Syndrome.  Olivier Bernier...
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32. Accessible Children's Books with Richard Rieman of Imagination Storybooks

In this episode, Diana interviews Richard Rieman, founder of Imagination Storybooks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rich and fully accessible reading experiences to children who are blind, low vision,...
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31. Autism Siblings, Presumption of Competence & Spelling to Communicate with Danny & Tara Whitty

In this episode, Danny Whitty and his sister, Tara, talk with Diana about the importance of spelling to communicate, communication regulation partners, and their sibling relationship. This is an emotional episode, as...
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30. Embracing Disability Identity with Qudsiya Naqui

In This Episode Qudsiya Naqui Bio Diana interviews Qudsiya Naqui, lawyer, disability justice activist, and podcast host of Down to the Struts. In this episode, Qudsiya shares about her journey to embracing her blind...
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29. A Parent Perspective on Inclusion with Shubha Bala

In This Episode So often there is a disconnect between what parents and students want and need, and what school systems offer students. In this episode, Diana talks with Shubha Bala, a parent of a pre-schooler. In...
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28. A Life of Disability Activism with Judith Heumann, aka "Chingona"

In This Episode In this episode, Diana interviews her long-time favorite, internationally-known, badass disability rights activist, widely known as the "Mother of the Disability Rights Movement," Judy Heumann. They...
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