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Welcome to the DEC 2019 Conference!

Friday, October 4 • 9:45am - 11:45pm
Hot Topic: Practicing Inclusion, Doing Justice Disability, Identity, and Belonging in Early Childhood

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The implicit and explicit messages early childhood practitioners send about disability have important consequences for young children’s developing identities and sense of belonging. The session presenters will discuss how practitioners can cultivate early learning communities in which the identities of all young children, with and without disabilities, are affirmed. Drawing on research and examples from practice, they will explain how early educators can challenge and change deficit-based assumptions about disability and other forms of diversity by practicing inclusion. Additionally, the presenters provide a framework for practicing inclusion and illustrates how such a process has the potential to positively affect the experiences of young children with and without disabilities, sending a much-needed message to all young children and families about civil rights, human diversity, and justice.

Speakers
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Dr. Serra Acar

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Acar is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research includes culturally and linguistically responsive assessment practices in early intervention/early childhood special education.
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Jen Newton

Ohio University
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Sheresa Boone Blanchard

East Carolina University


Friday October 4, 2019 9:45am - 11:45pm
Senators Lecture Hall

Attendees (84)




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