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Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

This activity will facilitate learning about identity politics and DisCrit, which is dual analysis of race and ability: Dis/ability Critical Race Studies, also known as DisCrit. This analysis will let students explore connections between interdependent constructions of race and dis/ability in education and within society. The assignment will be in teams of class members and will get to know and learn about an organization or a disability leader. Each team will be expected to spend time getting to know the organization or the disability leader over a period of weeks to understand their history, get a sense of what this person wants for the future, and gain an understanding of what is working well or not working. Each team will do this project in a series of prescribed steps, which are described in the assignment guide linking the experiences with the broader concerns of the disability community and the readings and discussions from the class. Team reports will be shared in class. The assignment is uploaded in the documents.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

Students will learn about: 1) The tenets in DisCrit; 2) ableism and the Social Model of Disability; 3) the intersections of race and disability; 4) an organization or disability leader; and, 5) teamwork and writing a report.

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

The trainees learned about an organization or a leader and applied the analysis.

Briefly describe any lessons learned or challenges associated with implementing this activity.

Enough time to explain DisCrit. It is crucial to review the fundamental principles of Disability Studies (ableism, Social Model of Disability, etc.) in order to complete the assignments. The concept of DisCrit should be interwoven throughout the didactic.

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