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Practicing Disability Studies in Education

Acting Toward Social Change

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Edited By David J. Connor, Jan W. Valle and Chris Hale

Practicing Disability Studies in Education: Acting Toward Social Change celebrates the diversity of contemporary work being developed by a range of scholars working within the field of Disability Studies in Education (DSE). The central idea of this volume is to share ways in which educators practice DSE in creative and eclectic ways in order to rethink, reframe, and reshape the current educational response to disability. Largely confined to the limitations of traditional educational discourse, this collective (and growing) group continues to push limits, break molds, assert the need for plurality, explore possibilities, move into the unknown, take chances, strategize to destabilize, and co-create new visions for what can be, instead of settling for what is. Much like jazz musicians who rely upon one another on stage to create music collectively, these featured scholars have been – and continue to – riff with one another in creating the growing body of DSE literature. In sum, this volume is DSE «at work.»
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3. BEyon|ce|D inclusion: Wud mite[ymouse] be nexterated

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PHIL SMITH

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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