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Abstract Title: Ability Profiles: A Framework for Conceptualizing Dimensions of Ability
Abstract: Every person has abilities across a multidimensional spectrum; abilities can vary within a person across these dimensions as well as between people along the same dimension. This paper introduces a preliminary framework for conceptualizing dimensions of ability which we call Ability Profiles. Our purpose in developing this framework is not to categorize others, but rather to support research into existing structures that privilege those with strengths in particular dimensions or create a barrier for those with limitations in certain dimensions. Such an analysis is useful for developing inclusive and accessible curricular materials and practices. Through literature reviews and discussions with disability experts, we have developed a framework that describes large-grain dimensions of ability: physical/mobility, visual, hearing, cognitive/learning, health, and emotional/behavioral.  This paper will introduce ability profiles and the dimensions of ability, describe the relationship between the framework and specific diagnoses, and demonstrate utility of the framework for the physics classroom.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B78
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Erin Scanlon
University of Central Florida
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jacquelyn J. Chini