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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PINE NEEDLE TEA Laurel's attendance at a regular overnight camp run by the Indianapolis YMCA when she was 13 years old took place at a time when such an organization was under no legal obligation to enroll a child with a disability ...
Her schooling up to that point took place strictly in a classroom with other special education students . It was only in our neighborhood that she was accustomed to playing with peers without special needs — usually pairing off with ...
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 . The active support Geoffrey received from other ...
Lindy's teammates " would direct her where she belonged , took her under their wing " during the softball games , Lindy's mom said . But when I asked whether the social interaction that took place during games ever extended to the ...
I had to familiarize myself with events that took place far away from Wabash and long before the study began . Wabash was part of a nation , and I had to understand how national trends left their imprint on the people and places I ...
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