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19. Back to School Mindset Work for Going Beyond Awareness

In this episode, Diana Pastora Carson guides listeners through reflection of their perceptions of disability, and the results of having a negative outlook on disability vs. having a positive, respectful outlook on disability. She encourages educators to self-reflect, even when it feels uncomfortable, because in the end, we will be better for it, and our students with and without disabilities will reap long-term benefits from our mindset.  This is an episode you'll want to listen to whenever you're needing a boost to keep your eyes on the prize. 

My Favorite Podcasts

Amplify Inclusion Podcast

Disability Visibility Project Podcast

Down to the Struts Podcast

Good Things in Life Podcast

The Heumann Perspective Podcast

The Accessible Stall Podcast

Think Inclusive Podcast


Some of my Favorite Books

Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice - Michelle Nario-Redmond

Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents, and Students - Diego Pena

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist - Judith Heumann

Black Disabled Ancestors - Leroy Moore

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally - Emily Ladau

Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the 21st Century - Alice Wong

Find Another Dream - Maysoon Zayid

Golem Girl: A Memoir - Riva Lehrer

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law - Haben Girma

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement - Joseph Shapiro

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me - Keah Brown

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal - Jonathan Mooney

Undoing Ableism: Teaching About Disability in K-12 Classrooms

You're Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom - Paula Kluth


Stay Connected with Diana

Diana's Website

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

Diana on Instagram


Credits and Image Description

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."