Disability is often a difficult topic for people to discuss. Negative attitudes, uncertainty, and discomfort make conversations uncomfortable. Over the past 30 years, Professor Greg Long has devoted much of his professional life to teaching people how to make these discussions easier. His keynote will highlight the tools and strategies he has found most useful in teaching about disability. Dr. Long will share resources the audience can use for their own benefit and to teach others. Particular emphasis will be placed on the value of videos as teaching tools. Based on his 2013 MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), Perspectives on Disability, Dr. Long has over 40 short videos that are free, captioned, and readily available online.
Greg Long, Ph.D. is a Northern Illinois University (NIU) Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. Dr. Long grew up with a brother who is deaf and multiply disabled. He also has an adult son who has autism. As a graduate student, Dr. Long worked for four years at the Kansas School for the Deaf as a school psychologist. Upon finishing his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas, Dr. Long directed the Deaf Outreach Center, a mental health program for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In 1991, Dr. Long moved to DeKalb and became the Director of Research at the Northern Illinois University Research and Training Center on Traditionally Underserved Persons Who Are Deaf. In 1994, he left the Center and became a full-time faculty member in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at NIU. He chaired NIU’s Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities from 2006-2014. In Fall 2013, Dr. Long offered the university’s first MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) titled, “Perspectives on Disability.” The course received an international “Catalyst Award” from Blackboard for course design and innovation in July 2014. At present, Dr. Long serves as NIU’s Faculty Senate President and Executive Secretary of the University Council.
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