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    3rd Annual Inclusive Education Showcase

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    Inclusive Education comprises practices that make teaching and learning more accessible to all students. It is framed by the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and educator-student co-production, to increase the accessibility of tertiary education to a wider population of students.

    UNSW educators who teach inclusively will present their work at this showcase, followed by a Q&A. The showcase is a unique opportunity for the UNSW learning and teaching community to learn about different inclusive educational practices and how to incorporate them into their teaching and learning to increase co-production and make courses and the university experience more accessible.



    Diversified is a student-led group of neurodivergent students, educators, and allies formed in 2021 as a result the co-production experiences of a neurodivergent student, their course instructor, and an educational developer. The core group grew and was funded by the UNSW Division of Equity Diversity & Inclusion to conduct three workshops with neurodivergent students and UNSW educators. The resulting report provides recommendations at the University, Faculty, and Course levels.

    Scott Brown

    The Autism Friendly Campus project is a pilot initiative at UNSW Art & Design (Paddington campus) to identify ways that we can support neurodivergent people and those with non-visible disabilities to access, participate and enjoy all our resources at UNSW. A collaboration between UNSW Art & Design and Autism Spectrum Australia’s ‘Autism Friendly’ team, this project is the first of its kind in Australia. An assessment of the UNSW Paddington campus has resulted in the development of a range of resources and strategies being put in place, including: sensory maps of each building; visual stories to help prepare new visitors to campus; consistent signage and wayfinding across facilities; and the rollout of Hidden Disability training to all staff at the Paddington campus.

    Karen Kriss

    Karen Kriss is a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design as well as the Disability Champion for the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture. In this short talk Karen will discuss her collaboration between artists at Sydney based disability provider The Junction Works and detail the ways in which artists living with disability were supported to create large scale animation projects for Vivid 2019 and Vivid 2022. Karen explores this collaboration in relation to both animation and critical disability studies in order to suggest a future research agenda which challenges the representation of disability through fostering freedom of expression for people with a disability. Authentic expression and collaboration produce conditions of possibility for generating more inclusive and fairer media art works.

    Veronica Jiang

    Australia has 4.4 million people living with disability, but they are under-represented in various media. This project leverages Virtual Reality (VR) videos as an innovative form of media to have their voices heard. We first interviewed 23 people with disability and they suggest that VR holds great potential as an advocacy tool for disability and to represent the lived experiences of disability from their own perspectives. Furthermore, our research team has co-produced the VR videos with people with disability. These videos include social scenarios that people with disability commonly experience in their daily life. We will showcase our VR videos at Diversity Fest 2022 (Eventbrite register page). We expect the VR videos can improve the understanding of disability thus promote disability inclusion.

    May Lim/Iain Skinner

    May and Iain will discuss how they bring equity, diversity, and inclusion concepts into engineering courses in a safe manner, illustrated by three case studies on gender, cultural diversity, and disability.

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