Combating Ableism in the Biology Classroom by Teaching
Disability as a Natural Form of Human Variation to Promote an Inclusive
Classroom and School Environment
Unsure how to address disability in biology? Learn
models of disability, identify ableism, and learn how to accept disability as a
natural form of variation.
Takeaways: Attendees will: 1. be able to identify and remedy common examples of ableism, while learning about the beliefs and practices of the ability-inclusive mindset to promote an inclusive classroom and school environment; 2. be provided a set of slides that teach how disability is a natural form of human variation, the other above concepts in the context of a biology lesson on the natural sources of variation (meiosis, mutation, sexual reproduction); and 3. learn about the positives and negatives of the social, medical, inspirational, and social justice models of disability.
John Gensic (Penn High School: Mishawaka, IN), Lainey Bristow (Penn High School: Mishawaka, IN), Katy Fattaleh (The Nora Project: Highland Park, IL)
Presenter Materials for this Session:
Combating Ableism In Biology Slides
There are lots of slides here. Some will be directly used in the presentation, others (especially those at the end) will serve as a resource as teachers navigate presenting these concepts to students.