Reframed Thinking about Disability and Inclusion
This month SWIFT Education Center released a Research to Practice Brief that summarizes a full length article by Dr. Wayne Sailor titled “Equity as a Basis for Inclusive Educational Systems Change.” As a student under Dr. Sailor, I learned to reframe my thinking about disability and inclusion. He challenges us to abandon the “medical model” of disability that places the problem within the student; and encourages us to think about the interplay between students’ abilities and creating school environments where all students can learn and grow. Now as a professional educator, I am dedicated to helping others reframe their thinking in this way too. If you can, read Dr. Sailor’s full article in the Australasian Journal of Special Education; otherwise, take a few minutes to read this Brief. Let us know what you think by posting a comment here on SWIFT Talk.