Webinar Overview

This two-part Webinar series will provide information and resources to understand and address the complex issues involved with providing support to nursing students with disabilities. Based on clips from a film about a student with a disability who used a wheelchair in nursing school and is now working as a Registered Nurse, the presenters will facilitate in-depth discussions on how to accept and promote nursing students with a variety of disabilities. The Webinars features interactive discussions on issues associated with accommodating and evaluating students in the classroom and clinical settings. The Webinar 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 clinical sites in this process, along with policy issues.

Part I will address 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?

NOTE: This Webinar is only open to deans, faculty, staff and students from AACN member schools of nursing

Webinar Speakers

Bronwynne C. Evans, PhD, RN, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN
Professor and Director, PhD Program
College of Nursing & Health Innovation
Arizona State University

Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, and the National Gerontological Nursing Association. As a Professor at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, she brings more than 25 years of experience in working with issues germane to nursing education, gerontological nursing, and focused research related to minority health. She is a founding member of the National Organization for Nurses with Disabilities (NOND).

Beth Marks, PhD, RN
Research Associate Professor
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Marks is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Director for Research in the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, and President, National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities. She directs research programs on empowerment through health literacy and community-based research among people with disabilities and has published numerous articles and books related to health promotion, health advocacy, and primary health care for people with disabilities. She co-produced a film entitled “Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker: Educating Nursing Students with Disabilities.” She has also co-authored two books entitled: Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum for People with Developmental Disabilities and Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities: Creating a Sustainable Health Promotion Program.

Robin Jones
Great Lakes ADA Center
University of Illinois at Chicago

Robin Jones is the Project Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has served as the director of the Center since it’s inception in 1991. The Great Lakes Center is one of 10 regional federally funded technical assistance centers on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Center serves the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Robin’s academic preparation includes degrees in Public Administration and Occupational Therapy. She is an instructor within the Department of Disability and Human Development teaching courses in disability policy, community integration and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Robin is actively involved in providing training, consultation and technical assistance on the provisions of the ADA and related laws to business, employers, government and educational entities, architects, social service organizations and people with disabilities and their families.

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