“Americans would rather be dead than disabled.”

We were struck by one of today’s headlines: “Americans would rather be dead than disabled” (http://www.reuters.com/article). What implications does this have for us as teachers? Each year we have several students with exceptionalities in our classrooms. Just like any other student they want to feel capable, successful, and independent. It is our responsibility to help them progressively feel this way. It is far too common that students with disabilities are simply part of our class: they are welcomed and treated kindly by us. Although this is important, it is not enough. We also need to help these students become capable and contributing members of our classroom and society.

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July 11, 2008. Uncategorized.

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