Advocacy

NAEA Position Statement on Art Educators with Disabilities

[Adopted March 2017]

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.

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