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SPED 08130 Lecture 1: Perception Matters Notes

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SPED 08130

find more resources at Disabilities and Social Justice— Perceptions Matter Notes • Deficit Perspective: Human behavior and characteristics are distributed along a continuum called the “normal curve” (you decide what is avg) • Cultural Perspective: Different cultures with different views about disability (some cultures think its a blessing, others believe its a curse) • Sociological Perspective: Disability is socially constructed Disabilities as a Minority • The civil rights act of 1964 landmark court cases and disability advocacy • Brown v Board of Ed • Full participation of people of color Words Matter • Important to carefully select the words you use to talk about others • sticks and stones • people first language • the person does not equal the disability • disable is not a noun • Ex- do say “students with intellectual disabilities” do not say “retarded students” Arriving at Basic Guarantees— exclusion in society • We need laws to protect people with disabilities • Historical perspective: cruel treatment, banished from the community, early roman times they were put on display in a cage as a form of entertainment • Preventing people with disabilities to be excluded Exclusion in Education find more resources at find more resources at • Prior to 1975: PAAssociation for Retard children (PARC) v Commonwealth of PA— Group of kids denied education because they didn’t reach the mental age of 5, PA was deciding who could get an education • Dr. Blatt and othe
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