IDPP, AU Partners to Host Disability, Access, and Teaching Symposium

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What are inclusive learning environments? How is American University fostering access to learning? What can we learn from disabled students and faculty about access?

IDPP is proud to partner with the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative (CRGC) to host “Disability, Access, & Teaching: A One-Day Symposium.” The symposium will seek to foster dialogue around these questions to promote accessible and inclusive learning at AU and beyond.

About the Symposium

  • What: A free one-day event featuring workshops, activities, and a keynote speech by disability justice advocate and writer Lydia X. Z. Brown (breakfast and lunch included).

  • Who: All AU faculty, staff, students, administrators, and members of the greater D.C. community with an interest in promoting accessible and inclusive learning environments are welcome to attend.

  • When: Wednesday, April 10 from 8:30am to 5:00pm

  • Where: Butler Board Room (Butler Pavilion, 6th Floor)

IDPP Presenters

IDPP students and staff will be leading the opening and closing symposium events.

  • 9:15 to 9:45am: IDPP Research Associate Madelaine Reis will be leading “Disability 101: A Workshop for Educators in Higher Education.” The workshop will offer an introductory framework that higher education institutions should use to train their teachers to build better relationships and interactions with disabled students.

  • 4:15 to 5:00pm: IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn and Deputy Director Dr. Filippo Trevisan will be participating in the closing roundtable, “Disability at AU.” The roundtable will offer a space for participants to bring their ideas together to create an initial outcomes list. The list will be shared with the wider AU community.

Register via Eventbrite here.

***Space is limited. Register soon to reserve your spot.*** 

View the full schedule of events here. 

For any questions, concerns, or access needs, please contact Dr Tanja Aho (

“Disability, Access, & Teaching” Partners

  • Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative

  • President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion

  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion

  • AU Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning

  • AU Academic Support and Access Center

  • Department of Philosophy & Religion.