Dr. Madeline L. Peters has worked in higher education for the past 38 years. For 30 of these she has served as the Director of Disability Services at UMass Amherst. Dr. Peters is a veteran, author, educator, and consultant. She has experience in successfully navigating and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and in operating as an Accommodation Specialist and Advocate.
This workshop is recommended for parents, teachers, elected oﬃcials, supervisors and others. Disability 101 provides participants with a basic understanding of what it means to have a disability. Disability oppression is institutionalized on all levels. Society’s mind‐set regarding people with disabilities is of the separate‐is‐equal ideology. People with disabilities do not have the same access as their able‐ bodied peers. Overall lack of awareness of the physical and mental processes required of individuals with disabilities to take care of their daily needs is reflected in institutional policies and procedures which impact the lives of these individuals and interfere with their ability to secure support, services, and assistance. Learn basic information about the laws. Learn the do’s and don’ts from disability theory, ways to manage access, and how to become an ally.
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