Least Dangerous Assumption

May 18, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

A friend shared some videos from the Invictus Games of world-class athletes: archers using their mouths to draw their bows and, my favorite, rugby players with all the exuberance and physical contact in a scrum with wheelchairs. This got me thinking about possibilities and assumptions. A pillar of working with students with disabilities is least dangerous assumption, coined in 1984 by Anne Donnellan who wrote,” in the absence of conclusi...

Educators’ Words Create Reality

May 17, 2022

If we repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. When we are working with students with disabilities, this aphorism can lead to disturbing consequences. Martin Pistorius, author of Ghost Boy, talks about his experiences being trapped in his body and hearing others talk about him in this short compelling interview.    The language we use when addressing our students and when discussing their education and care carries power. As a...

Least Dangerous Assumption in Practice

May 16, 2022

Our challenge as educators is to shift from a mindset of what our students with disabilities lack to one of supporting students in how they access and engage in not only life skills but academic content as well.  Adopting a least dangerous assumption mindset into daily interactions with students, families and colleagues can be started in your school today by following these suggestions:  Parents should receive feedback regarding stu...

Disability Justice in Classrooms

Apr 20, 2022 by Aqua Stovall

Disability justice has been a passion my whole life. I’d like to talk about one facet crucial to educators, dignity of risk, the tendency of abled caregivers to "overprotect" people with disabilities in ways that can be dehumanizing and deprive them of meaningful learning experiences associated with prudent risk taking. I’ll begin with an example: a high school teacher is organizing a senior class trip where the students wil...
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