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...

Talking to Families About Dignity of Risk

Apr 19, 2022

The default for almost all families is to protect their children from harm; it’s just good parenting to keep our toddlers from walking in traffic or touching electrical appliances. Some families take the role of protector to extremes, becoming helicopter parents who try to shield their children from all experiences that they perceive to be negative. In the case of families with children who have disabilities and learning differences, the te...
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