The Disability Specialty Group's (DSG) mission and vision is to "live inclusion"--it is in this spirit that this panel session seeks to identify impediments to inclusion and access, and the ways in which these may be effectively addressed. The AAG Annual Meetings are the primary ground where we seek to operationalize such inclusion, and hope to carry the lessons forward to other work and life arenas. In this session, we ask and try to answer questions such as: What topics are important when it comes to accessibility issues? What needs of the larger AAG membership can be identified? What steps can be taken to increase inclusion? What is the expected role of the DSG in facilitating this? Importantly, we also seek to answer: How do efforts towards, inclusion, accommodation and greater access benefit not just persons with disabilities, but also other marginalized groups, and indeed, everyone?
The AAG had been accommodating for difference and disability for many years, but their efforts have not gained the needed and desired efficacy and visibility. In concert with the AAG, the DSG is trying to streamline and highlight these efforts, moving towards a more inclusive geographic society, starting off with AAG annual meetings.
|Introduction||Vandana Wadhwa MERIDIAN R&C LLC||10|
|Introduction||Marcia England Miami University||10|
|Panelist||Vera Chouinard MCMASTER UNIVERSITY||10|
|Panelist||Nancy Hansen University of Manitoba||10|
|Panelist||Eric West Southern Connecticut State University||10|
|Panelist||Andrew Myers University of Montana||10|
|Discussant||Susanne Zimmermann-Janschitz University of Graz||10|
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