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Undoing Ableism
Teaching About Disability in K-12 Classrooms

ISBN 9781138545595
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Undoing Ableism is a sourcebook for teaching about disability and anti-ableism in K–12 classrooms. Conceptually grounded in disability studies, critical pedagogy, and social justice education, this book provides both a rationale as well as strategies for broad-based inquiries that allow students to examine social and cultural foundations of oppression, learn to disrupt ableism, and position themselves as agents of social change. Using an interactive style, the book provides tools teachers can use to facilitate authentic dialogues with students about constructed meanings of disability, the nature of belongingness, and the creation of inclusive communities.

Table of Contents

1. Why Teach About Disability and Ableism in K-12 Education?  2. Foundations for Teaching About Disability and Ableism  3. Teaching and Learning as Critical Inquiry   4. Guidelines for Teaching Critical Inquiries on Disability and Ableism  5. Exploring Meanings of Disability   6. Understanding Ableism in Society  7. History of Disability and Ableism  8. The Emergence of Disability Rights Movements  9. Disability Culture and Disability Pride  10. Exploring Contemporary Perspectives on Disability Rights and Culture  11. What Are Our Roles in Taking Action Against Ableism?  12. Undoing Ableism with Critical Pedagogy

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Susan Baglieri is Associate Professor of Special Education at Montclair State University

Priya Lalvani is Associate Professor of Inclusive Education at Montclair State University


"This book provides guidance for teachers to engage students in learning about disability as an area of declarative knowledge needed for social justice pedagogy. In this way, they offer disability concepts and learning materials that are not simply a superficial retrofit to existing curricula but that work to center learning about disability… The flexibility of topics and materials make Undoing Ableism a valuable resource that empowers instructors to incorporate disability in a way that values and respects disabled perspectives."

Katelin Anderson, Book Review in Disability Studies Quarterly  (Vol. 41, No. 1)

"Overall, the book skillfully draws together rich theoretical frameworks alongside concrete suggestions for practical application in the classroom."

Erin Whitney, Book Review in Disability Studies Quarterly  (Vol. 41, No. 1)

"Baglieri and Lalvani include pragmatic advice in each chapter, ranging from critical enquiry into prejudice against disabled people on tv-shows… to suggestions for teachers on how to encourage their pupils to investigate accessibility in their own school environment. Additional reading recommendations abound in each chapter and the links provided to disability organisations and other resources are extremely helpful. Undoing Ableism could not be a more appropriate title for this learned book. For this reason, I consider it particularly suitable as an outstanding resource in the genre of continuous professional development, not only for teachers and head teachers but other professionals whose job it is to ensure that disabled pupils’ needs are met and their rights to schooling are honoured."

Claudia Gillberg, Jönköping University, Sweden, Book Review in Disability & Society

"Undoing Ableism: Teaching About Disability in K-12 Classrooms by Susan Baglieri and Priya Lalvani is a necessary and critical book that will be particularly useful for educators in K-12 classrooms, teacher candidates, and instructors in higher education. The authors center ableism as a silent and often under-recognized discriminatory force operating in schools, providing theoretical and practical insights on how to understand and address ableism in schools."

Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides, Book Review in Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Vol. 20, No. 1)