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From Disability to Possibility will change the way you look at your students with disabilities. And when you make that shift, the way those students look to you will change. You will see the possibilities, and in that vision, you will see the power of the inclusive classroom. -Kylene Beers Drawing on the stories of learners, both with and without disabilities, as well as families and teachers, Patrick Schwarz shows you not only why many current special education frameworks don't work, but also how they damage children, often for life. Then he demonstrates how possibility studies offers a meaningful, practical, and doable alternative to traditional special education practices both during the school years and after. Ideal for general educators, special educators, administrators, educational leaders, related service professionals, paraeducators and self-advocates, From Disability to Possibilityillustrates, through stories of struggle and success, how creative, conscientious teachers can work with everyone involved in a student's learning to make special education work.
Patrick Schwarz is Associate Professor of Special Education and Chair of Diversity Learning and Development for National-Louis University, Chicago.
Table of Contents
|Diversity is Good|
|Sam: Finding the Good in Everyone|
|Andrew: Going Places by Being Diverse|
|Special Education is a Service, Not a Sentence|
|Susan: Making Difference Ordinary|
|Gavin: Creating a Support Plan Around a Student Without Prerequisites|
|Fairness is Not Sameness|
|No Double Standards|
|Marco: Donrsquo;t Hold a Disability Against a Person|
|Zach: Learning the Rules|
|Dining in Siberia|
|Eric: Advocate for Students|
|A General Education Shouldnrsquo;t Need to Be Earned|
|Anthony: The Least Restrictive Environment and System Reform|
|Jenny: A Free Appropriate Public Education Is Not Always Free or Appropriate|
|Katie: Keeping the Faith|
|Inclusion May Not Be Easier, But Itrsquo;s Better|
|Mark: A Defining Moment for Inclusion|
|Components of Inclusion|
|Jack: Inclusion Is Better for Everyone|
|The Dignity of Risk Applies to All People|
|Ben: Portraying the Dignity of Risk|
|The Dignity of Risk and Learned Helplessness|
|Julie: Protection Instead of Isolation|
|Lindsay: Promoting Independence and Quality of Life|
|Mick: We all Need Confidence and Competence|
|Parents: The Gold Standard|
|Elizabeth and Trevor: Believe You Will Be Successful|
|Brenda and Brian: Never Give Up|
|Tonya and David: Families Are Our Most Valuable Resource|
|Get Rid of Labels|
|Nick: Beating A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy|
|Franklin: Self-Advocacy Stamps Out Labels|
|Would the Artist Formerly Known as Special Education Please Stand Up?|
|Make Education Real!|
|Jamie: Zero In on What a Student Does Best|
|Dylan: Donrsquo;t Waste a Studentrsquo;s Time|
|Justin: An Educational Wake-Up Call|
|Ella: Sometimes We Need Tough Love|
|Disability Is Normal|
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