Inclusive Learning 365 Part 2: Overcoming Barriers to Inclusivity

Presented by: Christopher Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP / Karen Janowski, M.S. ED / Mike Marotta, ATP / Beth Poss M.A., CCC/SLP, M.S Education

About the Webinar

In developing a culture of inclusive learning, educators (including OTs, SLPs, and ATPs) who take the lead in spearheading this often run into “Yeah, but…” from colleagues, administrators, and other stakeholders, like:

  • “Yeah but, I don’t have time to do anything new.”
  • “Yeah but, that’s the way we do it…”
  • “Yeah but, I don’t have buy-in from my administration.”

Inclusive educators need to be equipped to challenge these and other obstacles that prevent inclusive learning, whether it is mindsets or other realities. It is time to break down barriers to inclusive education and provide effective alternatives that reach all.

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In this session, Chris, Karen, Mike, and Beth will examine strategies for overcoming real and perceived barriers to inclusive education practices and strategies for creating an inclusive mindset for all stakeholders.

 

Participants will be provided the opportunity to share real-life examples from their work. The presenters will facilitate discussion with reflective questions that participants will answer in a digital group chat tool to share their ideas with the larger group.

About the Presenter

Christopher Bugaj, MA CCC‐SLP

is a founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools. Chris hosts the award-winning podcast, THE A.T.TIPSCAST. He has written multiple books, designed and instructed online courses for ISTE on the topics of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning.

Karen Janowski, M.S. ED

is an Inclusive and Assistive Technology Consultant and is President and owner of EdTech Solutions, Inc in Reading, MA which provides comprehensive AAC and AT Services in the Greater Boston area. Karen presents both locally and nationally on innovative technologies to reach all learners. She is an EdCamp Boston and EdCampAccess organizer, co-moderates #ATchat on Twitter.

Mike Marotta, ATP

has been in the field of Assistive Technology for almost 30 years and his experience revolves around a vast array of accommodations for persons with disabilities and their family/support members. He is also Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center @ Disability Rights New Jersey.

Beth Poss M.A., CCC/SLP, M.S Education

is the Director of Educational Programs at LessonPix. She is an educational and technology consultant and former assistant principal. Areas of special interest include the Use of Technology in Early Childhood, Designing Inclusive Learning Environments, Supporting Social-Emotional Learning to Promote Academic Success, and Culturally Responsive Teaching.