Faculty Awareness and Training in the Post-Secondary Community: An Annotated Bibliography

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Burnaby, British Columbia

Disability Issues in The Classroom: Meeting the Challenge

Facilitator's Guide

This facilitator's guide provides specific information on how to deliver a three-hour workshop on disability issues in the classroom. This workshop is designed for six to fifteen participants. It is part of a faculty in-service project that provides support for faculty on disability issues. The presenter will find this workshop easy to deliver.

The purpose of the workshop is to dispel common myths about students with disabilities and to address faculty's concerns and questions about different disabilities. It will help each faculty member to obtain the appropriate knowledge and problem-solving skills to offer accommodations and select appropriate teaching strategies for their disabled students. The expectation is that the new techniques learned will help students achieve their full potential and success in their chosen programs.

By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to define "duty to accommodate," "essential program requirements" and "otherwise qualified students." They will be able to describe the purpose and principles of reasonable accommodation in the classroom and understand the roles and responsibilities of the institution, faculty, student, and disability services.

This workshop is divided into eight segments:

  1. Opening
  2. Experiential Activity
  3. Case Analysis
  4. Accommodation Guidelines
  5. Skill Practice
  6. Roles and Responsibilities
  7. Teaching Strategies
  8. Closure

This workshop is designed to be interactive, experiential, relevant and practical in nature. It incorporates information, awareness and skills practice through case studies, role-playing, large and small group discussion and short lectures. The first 24 pages of the publication are dedicated to introductions and an actual set-up of the workshops. Presenters are told when they should use the overheads or handouts that are found in the last 40 pages of the guide. The appendices section consists of overheads, handouts, articles, case studies, exercises, tables, graphs and a bibliography. Each section of the workshop has been timed perfectly so it flows; on the left hand column of the page the amount of time has been allotted for each segment.

Rhonda Margolis and Shirley Coomber developed this guide with funding from the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour and the Centre for Curriculum and Professional Development.

Derek McLauchlan
Learning Specialist
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2
Phone: 604-451-6963
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