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The Return to Campus and Accessibility: Perspectives of Disabled Instructors

June 1, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


This event is part of the CTLT Spring Institute, taking place from May 31–June 3, 2022. To view all events, visit https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/spring-institute/spring-institute-events/

This workshop follows up on our previous workshop “What Would an Accessible University Look Like? Perspectives of Disabled Instructors at UBC” and invites three disabled instructors at UBC and other postsecondary institutions to share their experience and perspectives on the “return to campus” that occurred in the spring of 2022.

What does the “return” mean to disabled instructors? What are some challenges? What support is needed to make the transition and future teaching more accessible? This workshop is offered primarily for disabled instructors and there will be an opportunity for open discussion and networking. Non-disabled faculty and students are also welcome but with the understanding that the workshop will centre disabled people’s needs and experiences.

Participants can expect to:
– Learn what accessibility and inclusivity means to disabled instructors with diverse experiences, particularly in the context of the transition into in-person and/or hybrid teaching, as well as teaching at the university in general
– Gain insight into what types of support and resources for disabled instructors might be effective in making university more accessible and inclusive

– Corin de Freitas, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography
– Shota Iwasaki, PhD Candidate, Department of Asian Studies
– Sharalyn Orbaugh, Professor, Department of Asian Studies
– Ayaka Yoshimizu, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Asian Studies