Capacity Building Workshops

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Opening Doors for Clinical Students with Disabilities: Building Capacity for Success


Beth Marks, Bronwynne Evans, Karen McCulloh and Sarah Ailey

This workshop will provide health professionals with tools and resources to understand and address the complex issues involved with providing support to nurses and nursing students with disabilities in clinical practice. Based on clips from a newly‐released documentary film about a nursing student with a disability who used a wheelchair in nursing school and is now working as a licensed Registered Nurse, the presenter will facilitate in‐depth discussions on how to accept and promote students with a variety of disabilities in health professions programs. The workshop will consist of information and interactive discussions on issues associated with accommodating and evaluating students in the classroom and clinical settings.

Participants will be asked to consider questions such as the following:

  • What issues might underlie the resistance of faculty to admitting students with a variety of disabilities into nursing schools and other clinical programs?
  • How can faculty be supported in a way that will enable students with disabilities to be successful in nursing programs?
  • What resources do nursing students with disabilities need to advocate for themselves before, during, and after school?
  • What resources do nurses with disabilities need to advocate for themselves to return to work with a disability?
  • How does the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 support inclusive policies for students and nurses with disabilities?

The workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to re-conceptualize the benefits of including nurses with disabilities in the nursing profession and the roles of students, faculty, disability service professionals, and employers in this process, along with policy issue.


People working with students or nurses disabilities.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Identify key events re‐shaping definitions of disability.
  2. Review the role of the social model of disability in education and employment for health professionals.
  3. Examine stereotypes and barriers that hinder students with disabilities and nurses with disabilities.
  4. Discuss resources and strategies to build capacity for success among clinical students and faculty.


  • Online self-paced CE for $20.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members including video clips from the OTD Film. (Awareness)
  • 1.5-2 hour webinar for $300.00 (webinar will show the entire film with a link for purchasing the film and provides a PDF file of the booklet). (Education)
  • 1 day workshop for $1000.00 will include the film showing and 1 DVD + Booklet for 1 organization. Each additional request for a DVD will be discounted at 15%. (Program Development)


Six (6) CEUs provided for Nursing Home Administrators, QSP, Social Workers (LCSW, LSW, LPC, LCPC), Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists. Add extra $10 per person for CEUs.

More Information

Beth Marks at or call 312-413-4097.