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Unformatted text preview: “I Define Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=opgUMJTXTYY Labels What are or have been your labels? Complete the phrase: I am . . . 3 Labels Do any of those labels or categories – restrict your access or participation in a particular activity? – define how others view you? – cause others to impose limits on or act to protect you? – support or facilitate access to some institution, organization or group? 4 Labels ­­ Advantages Labels can – facilitate effective communication – establishes eligibility for access, services, benefits – defines foci for professional preparation, research & particular advocacy & special interest groups – quickly establish group membership 5 Labels can –isolate, segregate & discriminate –quickly establish group membership –create artificial groups –minimize individual qualities –promote negative attitudes –limit opportunities –be deficit driven, elitist, stigmatizing & demeaning 6 Labels ­­ Disadvantages The most appropriate label is usually the one people’s parents have given them 7 NORMAL What is “normal”? How do we define “normal”? Does that definition remain the same throughout time? Is it consistent across cultures? Within cultures? 8 NORMAL What is “normal”? – “according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle” – “conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern” Merriam­Webster, 2008 9 NORMAL How do you define “normal”? – Why do you frame your definition that way? – What are your influences? – Is your conceptualization of “normal” the same as your parents’? Your friends? Your teachers? 10 10 NORMAL Does that definition remain the same throughout time? Consider these examples: Women wearing pants Men having pierced ears Youth under 21 living on their own 11 11 NORMAL Is it consistent across cultures? Within cultures? Consider these Examples Tattoo & Scarring of the Body Rites of Passage Arranged Marriages 12 12 Normal Is being “normal” a “good” thing? What is the opposite of “normal”? Who defines that term? What purposes do assigning a label of “normal” or “abnormal” to human beings serve? 13 13 Normal The experience of each individual living What we know through our own daily interactions with the world. “Talk” Part 1 Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZfOVNwjFU0 – http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=A9a2ZqLhuAw&feature=related Impairment Any Loss or abnormality of psychological or anatomical structure or function United Nations: World Programme of Actions Concerning Disabled Persons 16 16 Disability Any restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being United Nations: World Programme of Actions Concerning Disabled Persons A limitation imposed on an individual due to a loss or reduction of functioning Gargiulo Textbook, p. 6) 17 17 Handicap A disadvantage for a given individual resulting from an impairment or disability that limits or prevents the fulfillment of a role that is normal, depending on age, gender, social & cultural factors, for that individual United Nations: World Programme of Actions Concerning Disabled Persons Gariulo textbook, p. 6 The impact or consequence of a disability 18 18 Handicap Is a function between a person and the environment Occurs when a person encounters barriers to access to particular aspects of society It is a loss of limitation of opportunities to engage in life at an equal level with others in the community United Nations: World Programme of Actions Concerning Disabled Persons 19 19 Exceptional & Special Terms common to the educational world Terms rejected by Disabled community – Purported to be “inclusive” In this class, we talk about people, students or children with disabilities, the Disabled, and special education – NOT exceptional or special children – Position: living in the world with an impairment or disability does not make one “exceptional” or “special” 20 20 Communicating About Disabilities Person First Language No tear­jerking, emotional stories of superhuman acts or tales of overcoming disability No use of terms like “suffers” “confined to a wheelchair” “invalid” “crippled” “unfortunate” No use of generic labels “the retarded” 21 21 Offensive Words & Phrases Use of words associated with disability in speech to deem or insult is offensive & not tolerated in this class Examples: – The word “retard” or “retarded” as in the sentence: “He is a retard” or “That’s retarded” – The word “lame” as in the sentence: “that’s so lame” 22 22 ...
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