New Course Development on Disability and Structural Inequality in U.S. Society

Name of Award

APDC Internal

Date Awarded



Interpreting, Communication

Project Description

Octavian Robinson, Assistant Professor of Interpreting Studies and Communication Equity, was awarded $800 from the APDC Grant fund to develop a course that introduces disability as a critical lens to the study of communication equity. Disability, as a conceptual and analytical framework, offers necessary interventions in the understanding of contemporary structural inequities in U.S. society and their contributions to questions surrounding communications access for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Taught entirely online, the course will combine primary and secondary sources across multiple medias while modeling the latest innovations in online teaching. The use of disability pedagogies offers an exploration on how the presence of disability innovates our online teaching methods while transforming our students' worldview about belonging, worth, autonomy, and emotion.

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