189: Breaking Barriers: Disability, Education, and Inclusion for First-Gen Students with Victoria Bracamonte
This week our special guest is Victoria Bracamonte who talks about breaking barriers related to disability, education, and inclusion for first-gen students. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts, Secondary Education as well as a Master’s degree in Education. Her current research focuses on evaluating how the use of Assistive Technology devices throughout academic curriculum, grant students the opportunity to evidence academic improvement. She advocates for educational spaces which propel student growth, demonstrate awareness of their needs, and value their individual journeys to success.
In this episode, Victoria Bracamonte discusses her experience navigating educational spaces as a first-gen student with cerebral palsy. She talks about the importance of combining assistive technology with proper strategies and tools, along with comprehensive plans of teaching unique to each student. She discusses the challenges faced by disabled students in higher ed, particularly those who are also first-gen and highlights the need for awareness around disability and accessibility. Victoria also emphasizes the importance of emotional awareness and compassion in creating a respectful and caring environment in classrooms for students with disabilities.
You can reach Victoria by following her on Instagram: @victoria.braca
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