Guests: Wil Vargas and Bill Welsh
In this episode of “Holding Space,” we discuss the significance of keeping individuals with disabilities in mind when working towards an inclusive environment. Whether it be implementing classroom technology aids for those with disabilities, or using thoughtful language to avoid microaggressions, Bill Welsh and Wil Vargas lead us in a conversation with Dr. Joan Collier that aims to eliminate barriers to inclusion.
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Read the transcript for episode seven, "Disability Bias."
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law in the United States that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The law applies to employers, landlords, and businesses that are open to the public, and it requires them to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. This can include things like providing wheelchair ramps, installing grab bars in bathrooms, and making other physical changes to buildings to make them more accessible. The ADA also requires employers to provide appropriate accommodations to employees with disabilities, such as modified work schedules or special equipment. The goal of the ADA is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to participate in society as everyone else.
Assistive technology is any kind of technology that is used to help people with disabilities to improve their ability to communicate, move around, and/or perform other tasks. This can include things like wheelchairs, communication devices, and adapted computer software.
Community-based counseling is a type of mental health treatment that is provided in a community setting, rather than in a clinic or hospital. This can include things like providing counseling services in schools, churches, or other community organizations or offering counseling services in people's homes. The goal of community-based counseling is to make mental health services more accessible and convenient for people who may not be able to travel to a clinic or who may feel more comfortable receiving treatment in a familiar setting. Community-based counselors may work with individuals, families, or groups, and they may provide a variety of different types of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, or other evidence-based approaches.
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A screenreader is a type of assistive technology that is used by people who are blind or have low vision. It is a software program that reads aloud the text that appears on a computer screen, allowing the user to access and use the information on the screen. The screenreader uses a synthesized voice to read the text out loud, and the user can control the speed and pitch of the voice as well as other aspects of the program's functionality. Screenreaders can also provide other helpful information, such as the location of the cursor on the screen or the name of a button that the user is hovering over with the mouse. This can make it possible for people who are blind or have low vision to use a computer and access the same information and services as someone who can see the screen.