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Harnessing Dis-ability. Structure. Introduction Group work Recognising issues Sharing experiences Help developing disabled academic colleague Summary. Introduction ARU Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality 2010 Policy. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Harnessing Dis-ability

Harnessing Dis-abilityStructureIntroductionGroup work

Recognising issuesSharing experiences

Help developing disabled academic colleague



ARU Valuing Diversity and Promoting Equality 2010 PolicySenior Managers have a particular responsibility to encourage the involvement and participation of disabled employees to ensure that, wherever possible, employment practices and procedures recognise and meet their needs. ....We will take steps to ensure that disabled people have the same opportunity as other employees to develop their potential and progress their careers. As part of the annual appraisal process, line managers will discuss with disabled employees what actions can be taken to help them develop and use their abilities, including training and development. (Employment of Disabled Staff, 2010)

A neglected area: disabled academic staff Issues:managing career development (teaching and REF)staff observationsstudent feedbacksenior management support

A teaching project: Harnessing Dis-abilityTitle: How disabled lecturers manage their disabilities in their teaching and engage students in the processusefulness of the technologystaff development

Method: an ethnographic studyobservationsnotesstoriesinterviewsOur approachAn identification of a disability in a person from the perspective of strengths, not weaknesses [and] compensating for disruption through the development of skills representing higher mental functions (Yygotsky, 1978).

Opportunitiesto learn about how different disabilities may affect your academic colleagues' classroom teaching, assessment and small group workto create an awareness for a better career development of disabled academics

Examples of disabilities:Hearing impairment (hard of hearing, cochlear implant user)Dyslexia Dyspraxia Aspergers SyndromeADHD

All above may also include various degree of anxietypanic attacksavoidancenervousness

Group workStage 1: Recognising issues: How much do we know about it?each group to discuss the main characteristics of one disability, create and present a mind map (using the poster)

Stage 2: Sharing experiences: How can we help each other?each group to read a given article about one disability and discuss how they could improve teaching and assessment experience of their disabled colleague Hearing impairmentFor severely and profoundly deaf people, acquiring language is a different process from the way in which hearing people develop language. Usually language is acquired through plentiful exposure to meaningful linguistic interaction in early childhood. Severe deafness drastically reduces both the quantity and the quality of linguistic input available to the deaf person.link this to a speech impairment

Useful source: BBC (2012) Living outside the hearing world. Available: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16855655 (3 min)

DyslexiaDyslexia affects the area of the brain that deals with language, leading to differences in the way information is processed and affecting the underlying skills needed for learning to read, write and spell.

Useful source: Exclusive: Sir Richard Branson on Dyslexia. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpvF5xCQ7s8 (5 min)Steven Spielberg discusses his dyslexia for the first time ever. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N6RKHOHMJQ (5 min)Dyslexic Advantage - What You May Not Have Heard About Dyslexia . Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyab_VSBCAk (14 min)left from write - What is Dyslexia ? (Full 45 minute version). Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPhV9SyVmwA

DyspraxiaDyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.DCD is a lifelong conditionIndividuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.An individuals coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment.

Useful source: Untold Stories - Living with Dyspraxia. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oe_qPcTnz0 (5 min)Dyspraxia Foundation (n.d.). Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMsGMOXM3AQ (6 min)

Aspergers Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. is mostly seen as a 'hidden disability'. You can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas. They are:social communication social interaction social imagination

Useful source: Dr. Temple Grandin, "The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4tE3_2qmIThe National Autistic Society (n.d). Available: http://www.autism.org.uk/About-autism/Autism-and-Asperger-syndrome-an-introduction/What-is-Asperger-syndrome.aspx (4 min)

ADHDADHD is one of the most common disorders of childhood and adolescence and is characterised by impulsivity and hyperactivity and/or inattention. There are 3 main combinations of characteristics:Some people have predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type. Some have predominantly inattentive type. And some have a combined type (this makes up the majority of ADHD cases.

Useful source: How A.D.H.D. Feels. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue0zSycgbN0 (3 min)Driven To Distraction: ADHD. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy5L8W2vV-Q (2 min)

AnxietySymptoms of anxiety can include: agitation, disturbed sleep, change of appetite, headaches, digestive difficulties or panic attacks. Sudden unexpected surges of anxiety are called panic, and usually lead to the person having to quickly get out of whatever situation they happen to be in.Anxiety and panic are often accompanied by feelings of depression.

Useful sources: When Anxiety Attacks. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTEE1VFMksU (50min)Autism: how anxiety affects everything - Sarah Hendrickx. Available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPD_yzMHJls

IssuesHearing impairmentDyslexiaAspergerADHDAnxietyA serious hearing impairment (hard of hearing or a cochlear implant user)noise level and background noiseteaching adult means working harder; must always be able to listen and understandtiring and demanding demands an absolute concentrationsuffering in silencenervous in front of large audience because of not being able to hear properlyspeech incoherence mistaken for being rude if not responding or avoiding answeringannoyed studentNot enough or too much lightconfusing if everyone speaking at oncedifficulty with accented speechshouting and straining the voice loss of quality resulting in tirednessassessment - spellingPowerPoint contains too much textDyslexia (dyspraxia)planning lessonwriting on boardrepeat writingremembering names/notesorganising taskstime managementsorting out groupschecking written work in the classreading documentstime managementothers do not understand about my conditionsridiculeslack of self confidence in writingconcentration and attention problem leading to anxiety

ADHD (Asperger/Autistic Spectrum )hyperactivity - chatting a lot and demanding attentionforgetfullack of fine motor controllooking out of windowinattention - getting bored very easilymaking the excuses to transition to something elseImpulsivity - spontaneously whip up a more exciting activity foe the studentsstruggling to finish paperworkprioritizing and deciding which task to complete firstdifficult sitting still during staff meetingprocessing world differentlytoo creative for where we are right now too zippylow self-esteemdifficulty concentratingnot following instructionsAnxiety affected concentration and short-term memoryattendance, punctuality and behaviour ability to participatepanic attackcommunication difficultiesincompatible working practicemotivation

Discussion: Help developing your disabled academic colleaguebetter room arrangementgroups arrangementdistance/power between lecturer and studentsrelating to disabled students speaking in turnspeaking slowlyclear speechpatience and understandingbe passionate about helping you colleagues: show that you CARE!laughing with me not at me!

SummarySo, what have you learned today?Thank you


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Other sourcesSouthampton University (n.d.) Supporting dyslexic trainees and teachers. pdf. Available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studentservices/documents/unisouthampton-supportingdyslexictraineesandteachers.pdf. [accessed 20 June 2014]The National Autistic Society (n.d). online. Available at: http://www.autism.org.uk/About-autism/Autism-and-Asperger-syndrome-an-introduction/What-is-Asperger-syndrome.aspx