The Coalition for (Dis)Ability is really excited to be launching a brand new publication with ACPA, Creating Inclusivity While Providing Accommodations: A Practical Guide to Champion Individuals with (Dis)abilities on Campus. Edited by Drs. Amy French and Sarah Schoper, this monograph is a vital resource to the Association and the field in promoting disability inclusion, universal design, and radical accessibility.
The 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act occurred in 2020. The calls for racial justice, decolonization, and disability justice over recent years remain loud and social justice movements active. Our hope is that this publication not only compliments these calls for justice but also complicates them further, particularly in light of the current pandemic. Using a social justice lens (Evans et al., 2017), this monograph incorporates salient literature to promote inclusivity that moves beyond legal accommodations and referrals to the disability service office to help each of us understand how our collective responsibility is to enhance the higher education experience for all disabled individuals.
Furthermore, this monograph is intended to serve as a practical guide for all higher education professionals, regardless of their level of involvement with disabilities, to champion learning that is inclusive of all individuals with disabilities. Authors from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities were intentionally sought as contributors in an effort to most appropriately provide context, knowledge, and experience. Our hope is that the contents of this monograph influence pedagogical approaches, practical applications, and institutional shifts in the approach to support people with disabilities.
We encourage all professionals in the field to read the new monograph and join us for some upcoming programs and a brand new podcast with the editors and authors sharing their insights from the monograph. Anyone can access the publication at this link. Stay tuned for more information in 2022 about ways to engage with this vital resource via the Coalition!