Inclusive Pedagogy Webinar #2: Choosing Our Words Carefully 

Part Two (of Four) in Inclusive Pedagogy Certificate Program


Watch the webinar above. You will be asked to register halfway through. Anyone can watch the video regardless of membership status, but only AAR members will be available to receive an AAR Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy. If you are an AAR member, please include your name and the email associated with your AAR membership when asked to register to watch the video.

This webinar is part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Webinar Series. AAR members who participate in all four webinars and complete evaluation surveys of each will receive a Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy.

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In this webinar, part of the Inclusive Pedagogy Webinar Series, participants will discuss the evolution of language around disability, navigating language that is now considered inappropriate, as well best practices for referring to people with disabilities in our teaching and interactions. Resources on appropriate language, including style guides, will be provided.

Presenters: Mike Walker and Rebecca Spurrier
Facilitators: Devan Stahl

Webinar Presenters

Mike Walker  | Mike Walker is a Canadian theologian and advocate for people with disabilities who has worked in Toronto, Chicago, and Ottawa. He’s currently a LEAD (Leading Equitable and Accessible Delivery) Facilitator through the Abilities Centre Durham, in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Mike loves reading, writing, working out, dancing, and playing games. He’s currently based in Whitby, a town ninety minutes east of Toronto. 

Rebecca Spurrier  | Rebecca Spurrier is associate dean for worship life and assistant professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. She serves on the AAR Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee (PWD) as an abled ally, who believes that anti-ableism is the responsibility of all scholar-practitioners. Engaging disability studies and theologies, ethnographic methods, and liturgical aesthetics, her research explores the hope of interdependence and the importance of access for religious practice and community. She is the author of The Disabled Church: Human Difference and the Art of Communal Worship (Fordham University Press, 2019). She is currently leading a collaborative team of researchers and writers to develop a liturgical resource constructively informed by the wisdom of disability experience that responds to ableist language in Christian worship.

Webinar Details

July 27, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy

The Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Committee (PWD) invites members of the American Academy of Religion to participate in four webinars designed to enhance competency in teaching topics related to disability as well as enhance accessibility in the classroom. Members who participate in all four webinars and complete evaluations of each will be receive an AAR/Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession Certificate in Inclusive Pedagogy.

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