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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In 1965 , when I was in high school in Indianapolis , Indiana , my mother gave birth to the fifth child in our family . Laurel had what we later learned to call Down Syndrome . At the time , the term used was mongoloid .
Still , the climate of change made it possible for my mother to call up the camp director and convince him to enroll Laurel , even though his staff had no experience with children with special needs . Laurel was the camp's first ...
But with a little information provided by my mother , the camp director and counselors proved willing to take on the challenge . Everything went very smoothly and helped all of us — the camp staffincluded — to recognize that she could ...
The second was 11year - old Will Ard , a Cincinnati resident whose mother had brought him to watch the tournament . Why ? Because the youngster and the professional each lived with the same congenital circulatory problem , Klippel ...
... crutches and all , his mother told me . The coaches even took a vote in favor of letting him join a team . It was only the governing board of the local league and its national sanctioning body that blocked his participation .
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