Stories from the Field
Edited By David J. Connor and Beth A. Ferri
3. Snapshots of School
BETH A. FERRI
There are countless moments in my own educational trajectory that I could point to, which led me in one way or another to finding and choosing Disability Studies in Education (DSE) as my academic home. But, three memories in particular come into focus, like old snapshots falling out of a photobook each time I open its pages. It is these snapshots that I find myself returning to when asked, “How did you come to do the work that you do?” Each story represents a distinct moment or phase of my life, yet they all share a common backdrop of schooling. Together, they tell the story of an emerging sense of the politics of disability and a growing appreciation of disability identity and culture.
In the first of these memories, I’m a high school student riding the bus with a young woman who seems about my age. Sitting alone, her hair forms a curtain around her face as she gazes out the window of the bus. I don’t exactly know why I notice her, but over time I do. It’s not her I notice exactly—she looks like any other teenager at the time. In other words, she was unremarkable in her similarity to any other kid on that bus. But, what I do notice about her is that upon arriving to our large urban high school, she never enters the building. Instead, she gets out of one bus and into another. I wonder...
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