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Opening Doors to Students with Disabilities

At the EDUI 2015 conference in Charlottesville VA I had the opportunity to share some insights and stories I gathered during a user research project here at Blackboard last spring. The story I shared centers around the educational journey of a young man with Cerebral Palsy and Balint’s Syndrome. Both are neurological disorders each affecting the way the brain communicates with the body to move and perceive information. With only 16% of students with disabilities completing a post secondary education here in the United States this student’s journey provides a powerful comparison of two very different educational experiences in education. His experiences can provide us with insight into what we as educators can, and should, be doing to help more students with diverse abilities succeed. The full presentation is provided below, and a full transcript of the story is available.