I wanted to give a couple of references to national (and international) best practices--I'll provide some more when I'm in my office. Sue Buckley has done paradigm-shifting research. Here's one of her articles: http://www.down-syndrome.org/reports/295/. And here's her website with a list of her other scholarly work: http://www.dseinternational.org/en-gb/about-us/people/sue-buckley/.
Here's a quote I love, and one that I probably should have put in the article. It's from Andi Zeisler and Lisa Jervis, the founders of Bitch magazine:
When it's being used as an insult, "bitch" is an epithet hurled at women who speak their minds, who have opinions and don't shy away from expressing them, and who don't sit by and smile uncomfortably if they're bothered or offended. If being an outspoken woman means being a bitch, we'll take that as a compliment, thanks.
This is part of how it's being reclaimed. And I get that this reclaiming doesn't work for everybody!
Fish Pimp, the best national research has shown that inclusive classrooms are beneficial for all the children, not just the kids with disabilities. I know that this is counterintuitive for a lot of folks, but in recent years we've discovered that many of our assumptions about what to do with people with disabilities are profoundly wrong.
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