Two four-and-a-half day, face-to-face Project ENABLE workshops, June 22-26 and August 5-9, at Syracuse University on providing effective library and information services to students with disabilities are now underway. 30 teams of K-12 librarians, special educators, and general educators from across the U.S. (MAP of Schools to be Represented) and 10 faculty from school library professional preparation programs at universities nationwide are attending. K-12 educators participating in the Project ENABLE summer workshops are eligible to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for their participation.
Project ENABLE workshops are funded by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuing Education Grant. All workshop attendees' travel, housing, meals, and workshop fees are covered by this grant.
The workshops will be co-taught by Renee F. Hill, M.L.S., PhD., Assistant Professor of Information Studies, and William Myhill, M.Ed., J.D., Director of Legal Research & Writing at the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and Adjunct Professor of Law at Syracuse University. BBI is one of the world's leading advocacy organizations for people with disabilities.
Project ENABLE workshops cover topics such as raising awareness of range of disabilities, accessibility issues, laws, standards, assistive technologies, terminology, understanding how to differentiate instruction to meet varying needs and abilities, and principles of Universal Design for Learning. Teams collaborate to develop action plans, lesson plans and learning materials for creating an inclusive library in their schools when they return home.
During the workshop, participants:
- Learn about a range of topics from awareness of various disabilities and the impact of disability laws on schools to understanding how to differentiate instruction for students of varying abilities and apply principles of Universal Design for Learning.
- Develop collaborative action plans, lesson plans and learning materials that are inclusive for students of all ability levels.
- Participate in simulations that allow you to experience how disability impacts their students.
- Expand your practical knowledge of Web 2.0 tools, experience hands-on interactions with assistive technology devices, and interact with users of assistive communications devices.
- Conduct a library accessibility evaluation using ADA and Universal Design principles to discover how to transform their library into an inclusive library.
- Understand and use Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
- Return to their districts to share your new knowledge with colleagues at a district or regional event, sometime during the 2013-14 school year (and receive an honorarium from Project ENABLE for doing so).