Education

Customized Education Models May Hold the Key to Student Success

Friday, October 6, 2017In the first half of the 1970s, nearly 30 regional court cases regarding issues of educational inclusion culminated in a new federal law, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, known today as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (…

How the Film “Wonder” is Commercializing Facial Difference

Wednesday, September 20, 2017As a writer and activist, there’s no feeling quite like finding out a professor at a well known university used my work in their class to start a discussion about disfigurement and equality for individuals living with physical differences. I

Homeschooling Should Be an Option for Disabled Students, But Not the Only Option

Thursday, August 3, 2017When I was in middle school, I begged my mother to homeschool me. I was struggling with the curriculum — I needed to be more challenged and more accommodated at the same time — and I was being bullied by…

How Much Has the Americans with Disabilities Act Positively Impacted College Students?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made great strides in equal access, but it has not accomplished nearly enough. As a recent graduate, I experienced first-hand the dichotomy between how the ADA has positively impacted the college experience, and…

My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help Me; Instead, She Bullied Me

Tuesday, May 23, 2017Every day, I’d come home from high school and tell my parents that I was being bullied. They didn’t realize how bad it was until one late April day in 10th grade. My teacher informed the class that we were…

Special Education: A Hindrance to Disability Acceptance

Tuesday, February 21, 2017“Special education” seems like a little bit too sentimental a name for something with such a utilitarian purpose. In my years of personal experience with the public education system, I have never found reason to describe the experience as special.…

Growing Up at the Intersection of Disabled and Immigrant

Thursday, February 16, 2017I am an immigrant with a disability. When I was five years old my parents decided to move our whole family from Mexico including five kids, two of whom have a disability, to the United States. My mother still talks…

Higher education still presents barriers to students with invisible disabilities

Friday, September 30, 2016Finding the perfect college that matches your individual needs is a struggle – and one that can be especially difficult for students with invisible disabilities such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If a university does not provide…

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