Are you prepared to accommodate diverse learners in your classroom? Pascuala Herrera and Debbie Reuter from Access and Disability Services will assist faculty and staff in answering this question in the upcoming Academy webinar, Accommodating Diverse Learners.

The United States became one of the first nations in the world to ensure equality for its citizens with disabilities through the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. Since then, the number of students with disabilities enrolling in classes at Harper continues to increase each year. In order to be an accepting and inclusive campus to diverse learners, everyone must have some general knowledge about disabilities. This webinar will offer participants a basic understanding about disabilities. Information will include basic information about the law that protects students with disabilities, appropriate use of language, Universal Design Principles, Social Model vs. Medical Model, and information about Access and Disability Services (ADS) at Harper College.

This webinar also serves as a preview of the highly-rated GEC Creating an Accessible Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities, being offered next in Summer 2018.

This session will be run in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, and participants can join the session from on or off campus. The session will be live captioned. A recording of the session will be available after the live session.

  • Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (CST)
  • Location: Virtual Session in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (link to session will be emailed in advance to registrants)
  • Open to both faculty and staff.
  • Register for the webinar. Please feel free to register even if you cannot view the session live. A recording will be emailed to you to view at any time.
Presenter: Pascuala Herrera, Professor and Accessibility Specialist, Harper College

Pascuala Herrera, Professor and Accessibility Specialist at Harper College, was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology at DePaul University. She obtained her Master’s degree in Education in Reading, Learning Disabilities, and Bilingual Education from DePaul University. Pascuala started her career at Harper College in 1991. In her role as Accessibility Specialist, she provides and plans services for students with disabilities. Pascuala has assisted thousands of students by conducting intake interviews, determining legal accommodations and providing support for students using disability services. Pascuala also instructs students in the classroom by teaching FYE 101 (First Year Experience) and PSY 107 (Humanistic Psychology), and doing disability awareness presentations as an invited speaker in numerous courses offered at Harper. In addition, she recently taught a graduate equivalency course (GEC) titled “Creating Accessible Environments”. She is a frequent local and national presenter on the topic of disability awareness, motivation and the importance of education for Latino students. She prides herself in leading by example. As a Latina, disabled woman, she inspires and motivates students in working towards achieving their aspirations in spite of challenges they may face.

Presenter: Debbie Reuter, Accessibility Outreach Specialist, Harper College

Debbie Reuter is in her eighth year at Harper College and works as the Accessibility Outreach Specialist in Access and Disability Services. She completed her B.A. in Organizational Communications from Northern Illinois University, her M.S. in School and Community Counseling at National Louis University, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Debbie has been an adjunct faculty at National Louis University, Elgin Community College, and Harper. One of her areas of interest at Harper has been Universal Design for Learning Principals which allows for more equitable classroom instruction for diverse learners. She has attended the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) UDL Presenters Academy in Massachusetts, UDL-IRN Summit in 2017, is a Diversity and Inclusion facilitator, and is a co-facilitator of the Harper UDL Community of Practice.

Webinar FAQs

I cannot attend the webinar, but am interested in seeing the recording. Can I still register?

Yes, please register even if you know or think you may not be able to attend the live session. You will receive an emailed link to the recording once it is available.

I registered, but now I don’t know if I can attend. Should I cancel my registration?

No. Keeping your registration will allow you to get an emailed link to the recording once it’s available.

How do I join the webinar?

A link to the webinar will be emailed to all registrants 24 hours before the webinar start time.

Do I need to download any software to join the webinar?

No software download is required. You will need a computer with internet capabilities (Google Chrome is the preferred browser). You will also need a computer with speakers or a phone to call in for audio.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Baysingar in the Academy for Teaching Excellence at 847.925.6719,