Acting Toward Social Change
Edited By David J. Connor, Jan W. Valle and Chris Hale
3. BEyon|ce|D inclusion: Wud mite[ymouse] be nexterated
Here’s the thing, see.
I’m the inclusion guy.
You know, that one teacher at the high school—the curmudgeonly, flakey, progressive special educator—who’s all into including students with disabilities into general education. Pushin’ the principal to get kids into chemistry class, or English class, or whatever. Kids with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Kids with severe reputations. Kids “on the spectrum.” Kids who are just way out there.
I worked in schools and in agencies providing support to people with disabilities in the community, for years. Now I’m the inclusion guy at the university. That one guy—the curmudgeonly, flakey, progressive education professor—who’s all into helping educators understand how to include students with disabilities in general education. Pushing my colleagues to teach their pre-service teachers how to make that happen.
I am a self-described pain in the ass. I admit it. Wrote a book about it (Smith, 2010). (Inclusion, that is, not bein’ a pain in the ass.)
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