Including a Co-Teacher with an Intellectual Disability in a University Class: Meet Justice and John June 3, 2024 at 10:30 am

John is a full-time staff at IHD and has been teaching for 15 years. Justice is a 20 year old high school student participating in a community transition program. Together, they co-teach DIS 201: Introduction to Disability Studies at Northern Arizona University. In this presentation, John and Justice talk about how they got started co-teaching, how they structure their class, how they involve Justice in the class and what lessons and modification they have made to make the co-teaching work better for themselves and their students.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will be encouraged to think outside-the-box in what kinds of jobs people with intellectual disabilities can do during work transition programs and beyond.
2. Participants will learn specific strategies on how to co-teach with someone with an intellectual disability in a university setting.
3. Participants will understand that including a co-teacher with an intellectual disability helps the teacher with ID learn valuable work and leadership skills while also helping to enrich the classroom and give the students direct access to the lived disability experience.


Schaffer, Armfield, Reese
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