Education

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…

My Journey to Rejecting Ableism and Embracing Disability Identity

Wednesday, October 25, 2017I wish I could tell you the exact moment I realized that ableism was surrounding me, being directed at me, and I was participating in it by saying nothing. Instead, there were so many little moments and a few big…

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…

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