CM2017.01 Comments Cont’d_Diversity Council

Proposed 2017 Conference Motion Comments Con’t:

The Diversity Council recognizes the intent of this motion but does not support the motion as written. Providing professional development opportunities in sign language requires a culture shift among presenters, hosting organizations, and workshop participants to ensure professional development opportunities reflect the value of using sign language during these interactions.

Motion name: CM2017.01

Diversity Council

Comments:

The Diversity Council recognizes the intent of this motion but does not support the motion as written. Providing professional development opportunities in sign language requires a culture shift among presenters, hosting organizations, and workshop participants to ensure professional development opportunities reflect the value of using sign language during these interactions.

The motion may pose no fiscal impact to the national organization. However, there is a definite negative fiscal impact to individuals from rural areas and to those who experience financial hardships (e.g. the costs for travel, hotel accommodations, etc.).

The potential to earn CEUs online may at times provide increased access for individuals who are DeafBlind, for individuals with cognitive processing disabilities who benefit from self-paced learning opportunities, and for persons with other disabilities that are likely to struggle with access due to structural and societal barriers that may exist.

For the reasons stated, the Diversity Council does not support this motion in its current form. We do think there is merit in reviewing the requirements for hosting CEU eligible workshops and professional development opportunities online to ensure that these opportunities are both accessible and provide opportunities for authentic learning.