From Disability to Possibility : The Power of Inclusive Classrooms

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/31/2006
  • Publisher: HEINEMANN (TX)

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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.

Author Biography

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
Works Cited
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