Art teachers share ideas with the disability community at conference in Philly this week

Mike DeNardo
September 30, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Educators from around the globe are gathering in Philadelphia this week to talk about how art is taught to students with disabilities. 

It's an opportunity for people who teach art and members of the disability community to learn from each other as 300 educators from 20 states and 10 countries get together Thursday through Saturday at Moore College of Art & Design for the Second International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts & Education.  

Moore's director of art education, Lauren Stichter, chairs the conference and says this event brings art, disability studies and special education together.

"In museum, community arts or traditional K-12 settings, everyone is working with diverse learners and diverse needs these days. And so we need to be in communication with each other across these fields," Stichter said.

She says these days, art educators are talking about accommodating students who learn differently using visual, audio or tactile cues to bring all students into the art-making process.