New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
If others say one thing, but do another, you are lying to yourself if you don’t listen to their actions.
Don Miguel Ruiz
What is inclusion? Why are more people concerned about it? And why now?
Let’s start with the last question. Some of us have been agitating for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all areas of society for many years. (In my case, for 24 years, after my son, Benjamin, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth.) At that time, some people saw inclusion as a fad—the “wild” idea of “radical” parents—that would pass. But it wasn’t and it didn’t.
Why are some people concerned about inclusion? For many reasons, in no particular order. Because some parents want the same life for their children with disabilities that their children without disabilities have. Because some people embrace the spirit and intent of federal laws (Developmental Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and others) that affirm the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of society and/or prohibit discrimination based on disability. Because some people recognize that the invisibility of people with disabilities . . . Click here to continue.
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