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February 1, 2024

Neurodiversity as Seen Through the Lens of Film and Television

4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
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The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS)

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From the 1930 movie “Freaks” to the 2021 Academy Award-winning “C.O.D.A,” portrayals of neurodiverse people have created stereotypical pictures of people with disabilities. This workshop examines the tropes that run through popular films and television shows. Teachers will develop an awareness of the critical role that film and television play in creating and continuing disability stereotypes. Participants with engage in discussion on how to apply this to the classroom. Register as soon as possible to secure your seat and to receive reminder emails with Zoom logistics!

This workshop is part of a 15-hour Special Education professional development series. This series will include 10 hours of live Zoom workshops (5 2-hour sessions) and 5 hours of online, at-your-own-pace modules on Google Classroom. To get an invitation to access the Google Classroom platform, please complete this form:

This series (both live Zoom workshops and online modules) concludes on FEBRUARY 1, 2024. By then, all materials will be closed and all certificates of participation will be awarded. While we encourage you to complete the entire 15-hour series, it is not required and you may participate in whichever live sessions or online modules work best for you, your interests, and your schedule.