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Recommended Reading: Disability News

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The world of disability is constantly evolving and innovating. It seems like every week there are stories about new policies, technologies, and accommodations. All of this means that it can be hard to keep up! However, by picking a handful of good news sources to subscribe to or keep up with, staying up-to-speed on disability news becomes much easier. Here, we’ve assembled some ‘recommended reading’ to help you stay informed and aware.

New York Times

You’re likely familiar with the New York Times, considering it’s one of the most popular newspapers and news sites in the United States. But did you know their website has a robust disability news section? The “Disabilities” topic contains articles and stories ranging from political and social news to personal stories and op-eds. Averaging 14 disability-related articles per month in 2022 thus far, the Times is a reliable source of fresh stories by and for the world of disability. The New York Times does require registering an account to view their articles online, but doing so is free.

The Guardian

Like the New York Times, The Guardian is a popular newspaper and news website that does a good job of covering disability news,...

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This resource, from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, provides two documents and a video that explore research on the effects of increased access to English through computer-mediated communication (CMC) on Deaf individuals' language and literacy skills. The first document is a summary of research goals, methods, findings, and...
This resource, from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, provides a document and video that explore the importance of promoting high expectations for Deaf individuals' postsecondary success. The 7-page document summarizes research on strength-based approaches, postsecondary planning processes, role models, and parent/teacher roles in ...
This case study explores CAST's partnership with Manchester Community College, which aimed to remove barriers to learning in laboratory environments through employing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and accessibility best practices. The case study focuses on Manchester Community College's Improving the Education of Mechatronics...
This case study explores case-based learning strategies for active learning in bilingual classrooms with Deaf and hearing students. A five-part video series is provided. In part one, Dr. Sandi Connelly describes how she checks for understanding when teaching cases in large classes. In part two, Connelly discusses technology and digital media, and...
This case study explores the Opening the Pathway to Technician Careers Conference, which engaged biology teachers of Deaf students in 2019. The case study describes how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be used to support a bilingual (English and American Sign Language), accessible, and inclusive professional development conference. Best...