Every single person is unique and has different skills, so why are students taught the same way? Jan Wilson explores the possibilities of a universal design for learning, and how every individual can benefit.
Dr. Jan Wilson is Wellspring Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and History at the University of Tulsa. Her teaching and research areas include gender and disability studies, feminist theory, and United States Women's History. She enjoys using aspects of popular culture--vampire literature and films, the Harry Potter book series, and the television show Game of Thrones, for example--to teach students about gender, disability, and race in history and American society. She is currently at work on her second book titled The Zoey Journal, which draws on historical analysis, theory, and her personal experiences raising a daughter with autism to offer unique perspectives on concepts such as mothering, identity, intersectionality, the gaze, and the meaning of disability. She and her family are strong supporters of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Autism Center of Tulsa, and Able Kids Therapy. An avid runner, Dr. Wilson is currently training for her first marathon.
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