NAEA Position Statement on Art Educators with Disabilities
[Adopted March 2017]
May 15, 2019
NAEA acknowledges the importance of recruiting, retaining, and supporting art educators with disabilities, evident and not evident. Art educators with disabilities bring unique skills to the field of art education and to educational environments, including schools, museums, cultural institutions, arts education associations, and community settings.
NAEA advocates for and affirms the rights of art educators with disabilities. Art educators with disabilities may choose whether or not to disclose disabilities. Schools, cultural institutions, and associations should foster a positive and welcoming culture, provide accommodations, and follow laws regarding individuals with disabilities. NAEA encourages socially just practices and policies that promote increased awareness, understanding, and acceptance of art educators with disabilities.
Art educators with disabilities possess valuable insights derived from first-hand experiences managing disabilities. Personal experience may put art educators with disabilities in unique positions to understand others who experience disabilities and to be role models of success to students, colleagues, and the larger educational community.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) www.ada.gov
Center for Disease Control on Disabilities - http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability-inclusion.html
Council on Exceptional Children, Policy on Educators with Disabilities: https://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Policy/CEC Professional Policies and Positions/EWD Policy Statement FINAL March 2016_Updated 31416 (2).pdf
Derby, J. (2013). Nothing about us without us: Art Education’s disservice to disabled people [Commentary]. Studies in Art Education, 54(4), 376–380.