Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities
Fink enters a Midwestern community of 14,000, which he calls Wabash, interviewing the parents, the professionals, the peers, the community leaders, and the volunteers about the participation of children with disabilities. How does a girl who relies on an augmentative communication device take part in a Brownie troop? What do other tee-ball players think about a teammate with cerebral palsy? Why does one family refuse to use the local drop-in recreation center? Readers will learn what practices are evolving and what opportunities are being overlooked. Fink makes his own biases and interpretations plain, and he shares part of his own biography along the way. But it is the voices and experiences of the people of Wabash, rather than those of the author, that invest this book with such power and such importance to all who are concerned with youth with special needs.
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... the fact that barriers to addressing individual differences existed for youth seeking recreational sports opportunities and not just for aspiring professional athletes . Like Shultz before him , Martin too was successful in court .
His request to have his individual needs addressed by the use of a motorized cart were contrasted to memories of Ben Hogan , a golfer of legendary repute , who was injured in a car crash in 1949. Although he had trouble walking after ...
first time , by Public Law 94—142 , ( later renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act , or IDEA ) to an appropriate public education , individualized to address her or his specific learning goals .
In addition to getting a fix on the attitudes of individual families and the community at large , I hoped to learn whether public agencies and private organizations had adopted policies or practices to ensure equal access to or to ...
I wondered if other Wabash families had the same idea as Lindy's mom — that coaches and other youth leaders should just go on doing what they ordinarily did , and it was my job to pick up the slack for her individual needs .
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