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Teaching Disability

Practical Activities for In Class and Homework

Rhoda Olkin

Publication Date - 23 July 2021

ISBN: 9780190850661

224 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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A nonpathological approach to disability as part of diversity rather than as a deficiency, offering 34 activities to help instructors working with this community.


This book takes a nonpathological approach to disability, viewing it as part of diversity rather than as deficit. The opening chapters introduce basic knowledge of teaching in disability communities, covering attitudes and behaviors that may be difficult for instructors to relate to. Next, the book delves into the three activities sections that increase in difficulty over the course of the book. The activities highlight barriers and psychosocial impediments that hamper progress in disability communities. Designed by an expert educator and clinician who is also an insider in the disability community, each of the 34 activities translate well in classroom environments or as homework, and each can be done individually or in group settings. All activities include a list of required materials, time expectation, goal setting criteria, possible outcomes, and talking and debriefing points for reflection, thereby facilitating effective planning and execution. The activities also recommend possible modifications to adjust the difficulty of the activities. This flexibility makes this a valuable resource for a wider audience of expertise and settings, ranging from introductory to sophisticated readers and users, students and non-students, in classrooms, in workshops, or in other surroundings.

Lastly, the book concludes with a chapter on accessing outcomes, with six measures for evaluating knowledge and skill. Teaching Disability is a well-rounded, highly applicable tool for instructors and students in the disability community.


  • Provides 34 activities for a wide range of settings, skill levels, and group dynamics
  • Activities include suggested modifications to customize the difficulty level
  • Concludes with six measures for evaluating knowledge and skill
  • Written by an expert clinician, educator, and insider in the disability community

About the Author(s)

Dr. Rhoda Olkin received her PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her BA from Stanford University. Since 1990, she has been a Distinguished Professor in a clinical PsyD program, where she trains therapists and teaches about working with clients with disabilities. She has extensive publications, presentations, and clinical experience related to disability and chronic health conditions.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction for Instructors
    Chapter 2: Attitudes, Knowledge and Behavior

    Chapter 3: Exploring the Basics
    Chapter 4: Hearing from Insiders
    Chapter 5: Laws and How They Affect Everyday Life
    Chapter 6: Models of Disability
    Chapter 7: Everyday Issues
    Chapter 8: Watching Films

    Chapter 9: Disability in Context of Family, Friends, Community
    Chapter 10: Immersion and Activism

    Chapter 11: Assessing Outcomes