Location

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Event Website

https://pacrim.coe.hawaii.edu

Start Date

3-2019 12:00 AM

End Date

3-2019 12:00 AM

Description

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.

Comments

Nataliya Kolesova is completing her last semester of a master's in Teaching and Curriculum at Syracuse University as an awardee of 2017 Open Society Inclusive Education Scholarship. Prior to her studies at SU, she has gone a long way of personal and professional transformations to cope with the bitterness of physical loss and bodily limitations as a result of a car accident that injured her spinal cord and overnight changed the course of her life. Not without a struggle with myself and society, she had developed new interests, slowly regained social status, and reached peaks of new accomplishments. Amidst her fundamental achievements are: being a happy mother and a wife, an athlete of Ukraine National Paralympic Wheelchair Dance Team, multiple champion of national and international wheelchair dance competitions, a life-coach and business-coach with Business territory consultancy company based in Lviv (Ukraine), Director of the Association of the Disabled (Ukraine), head of the regional NGO Rivne Civic League of the Disabled, a private tutor, and holder of 3 Specialist diplomas.

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

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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.

https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/pacrim/2019/Articles/12