Education

Identifying as “Disabled” Brings Me Peace in a World Hostile to My Existence

Friday, September 14, 2018Before I entered college, I never thought about disability. Or at least, I never thought about it with that exact word. Mental illness. Mentally ill. Disorder. Burden. These were all words I used to describe myself before “disabled” and “disability”

A Guide to Determining Accessibility at Vocational and Technical High Schools

Thursday, September 13, 2018On my first day at Bristol County Agricultural High School, I found out that I’d learn to take apart an engine and put it back together, climb trees, wade through the pond, ride horses, work with cows and livestock, arrange

Here’s How You Can Show Solidarity to Disabled Classmates

Wednesday, September 12, 2018Back-to-school season can be a stressful time for members of the disability community, especially those who are entering new schools and new phases of their educations. Inaccessibility is a constant problem on campuses, and that doesn’t just include physical access…

Empower Your Students Through Disability-Conscious Teaching

Thursday, September 6, 2018Historically, disabled people have been subjected to isolated, segregated education. And there’s still a notion that a disabled person in the classroom is a shocking and novel thing, and disabled people don’t belong in school. In a classroom space where…

Sex Education is for Everyone. Even Disabled Kids.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018We live in a society that desexualizes disabled bodies. This allows the topics of sex and sexuality to be left out of the educations of many young disabled people. As disabled students head back into the classroom this year, this…

Students With Mental Health Disabilities Are Not a Burden

Tuesday, September 4, 2018Halfway through my time in college, I found myself wondering whether I should bother returning to therapy, either on or off-campus. Despite having studied psychology for a few years and having previously seen a therapist on campus, I felt apprehensive

Have Schools Become More Inclusive and Accessible in the Last 28 Years?

Thursday, July 26, 2018When I started school in the Malden public school system just outside Boston, Massachusetts in the late 1990s, accessibility and accommodations in the classroom were a significant challenge. It’s now been 28 years since the the Americans with Disabilities Act

If You’re Writing About Disability, You Need to Read These Guidelines

Tuesday, July 10, 2018Sometimes I imagine what the media’s typical coverage of disability might say if it was written about me—covering the two proms I went to with my girlfriend in high school, celebrating my ability to graduate from college after almost failing

How Do We Bring Social Justice to Special Education? With Love.

Thursday, July 5, 2018“What’s the Matter?” [Child sobbing under his desk] “They said I killed the worms, but I swear I didn’t kill the worms!” “Don’t worry, I believe you.” “[Sniff] But they’re gonna tell the principal that I killed the worms!” “That’s…

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