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Webinar - Power, Politics, and People: A Discourse Analysis of Disability Policy in Higher Ed
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Webinar - Power, Politics, and People: A Discourse Analysis of Disability Policy in Higher Ed

With constant technological innovations impacting higher education, disability law has had to be invoked to ensure that new educational products, online platforms, and other learning tools are accessible and nondiscriminatory to students with disabilities. This study also inquires as to how policymakers ensure that new technological tools enforce disability law.

8/11/2020
When: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
12:00 PM CDT
Where: Webinar
Presenter: George Washington University - Sarah Young
Contact: Jen DeNeal


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This 2020 conference session will be presented via webinar.

With constant technological innovations impacting higher education, ADA and Section 504 have had to be invoked to ensure that new educational products, online platforms, and other learning tools are accessible and nondiscriminatory to students with disabilities. While much research exists about how students with disabilities experience online colleges courses, as well as how accessible those courses are, less exists on the posturing and discourse of policymakers who enforce these laws.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants in this session will:

  1. Engage in critical discourse analysis of policymaker correspondence to better understand motives and tensions of policy work in higher education
  2. Engage in discussion of personal/profession experiences with policy correspondence, related to prioritizing policy compliance and a 'student-first' approach

Presenter:

Sarah Young is a seasoned higher education professional with years of experience in both academic and student affairs. She has direct experience reviewing student medical documentation for accommodation development and implementation; project managing student caseloads; and conducting training for faculty and staff engagement, related to best practices for engaging students. Additionally, in her role as a faculty member, Young has worked to enact student accommodations in the classroom, and has been able to positively engage students with disabilities through a variety of pedagogical improvements.

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