New Training Modules on Racism, Ableism, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

October 2020

Two training modules titled "Deconstructing Racism and Ableism and the School-to-Prison Pipeline" are now available on the website of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education and Human Development.

The training modules are available at any time to anyone but will be of special interest to school, community, juvenile justice, judicial system, social work, and law enforcement professionals. They have been developed through an intervention - several weeks of after school programming for youth and a community training project focused on teaching professionals and educators about the intersection of racism and ableism in the school-to-prison pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline is a process where children of color and children with disabilities are pathologized, criminalized, and pushed out of their communities and schools into disciplinary schools, detention centers, jails, and prisons.

Each module addresses a different aspect of the topic: Building a Foundational Knowledge Base and Moving from Awareness to Action. They provide foundational knowledge, and deepen understanding of race, racism, disability and ableism and the school-to-prison pipeline. Also discussed is the historic background on how eugenics and marginalization have contributed to the exclusion of individuals with disabilities and people of color from society.

Finally, participants will learn techniques to identify and reduce stressors in face-to-face interactions, hear stories from the facilitators lived experiences with racism and ableism, and will be offered ideas on how to construct their own stories for social change.

Training materials include accessible audiovisual recordings of facilitators leading the trainings, accessible notes, and a resource guide with more than 50 online sources for further learning.

The project was completed in partnership with The Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania GSE, and funded by the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.

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