Accommodating Disability in the English Classroom

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45th Annual College English Association (CEA) Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 27-29, 2014

500-word proposals for 15-minute papers/presentations on the challenges and opportunities in teaching students with disabilities. Papers should address issues like the following: teaching methods and resources to support students with physical challenges (e.g., sight, hearing, paralysis), students with learning disabilities (e.g., cognitive impairment affecting reading, writing), and other disabilities; dealing with students susceptible to non-disclosure of disabilities; consideration of institutional risks of IT inaccessibility; faculty responsibilities: on teaching, evaluating, what to report and to whom; consideration of the increase of this population in the classroom; an ethics of care in the work assigned and the readings discussed; the role of Academic Services as related to English faculty; department, division, and institutional support; assessment measures and outcomes—"norms" and outliers. The presentation should be integrated with relevant research on students with disabilities, particularly as related to the literature or composition classroom, to support the discussion and conclusions offered.