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7. Educator Training, Experiences, & Growth - Emily Nusbaum, Ph.D.

Emily A. Nusbaum, Ph.D., is invested in supporting students labeled with disability and their families in accessing general education school contexts. She provides advocacy and support to families in Individual Education Plan and 504 Plan meetings, as well as other school-related contexts. She also provides consultation to create IEP and 504 Plans that reflect student capacity and that participation in general education contexts. Emily also works individually with students who have experienced educational trauma to support young people as they rebuild the sense of themselves as learners. She also provides 1:1 organizational and executive functioning support to students. Emily has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to school teams and community organizations in the development of inclusive practices. Finally, she works as an expert witness on legal teams in litigation against school districts, related to Least Restrictive Environment and Free and Appropriate Public Education, as defined by federal law.

In this episode, Emily shares her foundational experiences of teaching in an inclusive setting, the work that she does to prepare incoming teachers for inclusive classrooms, and the importance of looking at disability from an intersectional lens. 


Links Mentioned in Show

Disability Visibility - Alice Wong

Black Disabled Art History 101 - Leroy Moore

Black Disabled Ancestors - Leroy Moore

Undoing Ableism: Teaching About Disability in K-12 Classrooms - Susan Baglieri & Priya Lalvani

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana Pastora Carson

Disability Studies in Education


Stay Connected with Diana

Diana's Website

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

Diana on Instagram

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."