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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Will likes to play baseball , " Will's mother told New York Times reporter Clifton Brown . " We feel there's been a little prejudice in the Little League toward him . It's pretty upsetting . I wanted him to see Casey , to see what he ...
... 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 .
When I had the opportunity to introduce myself to a group , or when individual children asked me what I was doing , I told them I was from Brewster , from the state university , and that I had picked Wabash as a community to study ...
It was not unusual for professionals to have farm backgrounds : The elementary school principal I interviewed told me she used to supervise " 50,000 laying hens " on a chicken farm before she took on responsibility for a different kind ...
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