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Wheelchair Dance - Social Perception of Dancer's Ability Challenging Instrument

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Title:Wheelchair Dance - Social Perception of Dancer's Ability Challenging Instrument
Authors:Kolesova, Nataliya
Author Affiliation:Kolesova, Nataliya: Syracuse University, Teaching and Curriculum
Universal Design
Date Issued:2019
Publisher:Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Type:Advocacy/Activism Focus
Abstract:This paper is an accompanying theoretical and academic supplementary materials, that serve as an elaboration and background of the powerpoint presentation of a one-hour universal design learning (UDL) workshop entitled “Wheelchair Dance – Social Perception of Dancer’s Ability Challenging Instrument” for dance instructors. The audience for this workshop includes instructors in all dance capabilities and from different dance programs including typical dancing instructors, and those who attempt to approach dance holistically and include people with different abilities in this aesthetic activity on the range from vocational to a professional level. The workshop intends to present universal design for learning strategies that will allow the dissemination of dance as an activity and a sport to wheelchair users.
The paper provides a wide knowledge base for the workshop, thus, allows the workshop to be conducted by others as well. First, the paper unveils the author’s personal story starting from developing their own disability identity through experience in para dancesport. The paper critically examines the discourse around dance, integrated dance and para dance, elucidating prejudice, ableism and biases. The paper further offers institutional critique of wheelchair dance. The paper critically analyzes the importance of the topic for the target audience introducing them to disability studies and universal design perspectives. The materials for the presentation are included in the appendix in a powerpoint presentation format and include slides, video, and description of activities. Finally, the paper hypothetically reviews the significant outcomes of the offered workshop for the effective inclusion of wheelchair users in the dance programs and their successful collaboration with standing partners.
Pages/Duration:21 pages
Rights:Creative Commons License: CC-BY
Rights Holder:Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Appears in Collections: PacRim 2019 Conference Proceedings

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