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By Arthur Shapiro, Joe Kincheloe, Shirley R. Steinberg

ISBN-10: 0815339607

ISBN-13: 9780815339601

The evil prosthesis of Captain Hook, the comical speech of Porky Pig, and the bumbling antics of Mr. Magoo are all examples of pictures in our tradition that can develop into the foundation of unfavorable attitudes and subliminal prejudice in the direction of people with disabilities. those attitudes effect and underlie discriminatory acts, leading to adverse remedy and segregation. A teacher's skill to acknowledge and counter such photographs may possibly verify the luck of inclusion and mainstreaming courses in our colleges and society. Well-researched and well-written, this e-book deals sensible advice as grounded in reliable learn to colleges which are wrestling with the way to mainstream childrens with disabilities.

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Educators need to accept the concept of all individuals, including those having disabilities, as being normal. In other words, all people should be perceived of as being within a greatly diverse group where all are normal and equally worthy. Davis (1995) recently stressed that [M]ost constructions of disability assume that the person with disabilities is in some sense damaged while the observer is undamaged. Furthermore, there is an assumption that society at large is intact, normal, setting a norm, undamaged.

The term handicap is, in effect, a concept that “is open to change as well as interpretation” (pp. 2–3). In addition, as we shall see, handicaps are situational and often bound by attitude and culture. According to Burgdorf (1980), “When used generically, terms like ‘handicapped persons,’ ‘handicapped children,’ or ‘the handicapped’ have a narrower meaning, referring to a particular type of disadvantage —a mental, physical, or emotional disability or impairment” (p. 3). A person with a handicap, therefore, is one who has a mental, physical or emotional disability that makes achievement in some area of life functioning unusually difficult.

Sometimes they were chauffeurs named after cities like Jack Benny’s Rochester and Charley Chan’s Birmingham (Liebert,1975). Today’s young television viewers who are used to seeing African-Americans 22 EVERYBODY BELONGS in professional roles, in commercials and on quiz shows, have a different paradigm regarding African-Americans. Television has recognized them as part of the American whole. Just as African Americans and women have received the recognition they deserved, persons with disabilities are becoming less hidden.

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