I will say that this post is a little disconnected simply because I'm hoping that writing about it will help me connect it all a bit more. It starts with these two posts that I've read this past week:
- On the Spectrum from the blog Lessons From Teachers and Twits
- I'm Happy Because I'm a Quitter from the blog Spectrum Mentor
William Stillman wrote a piece entitled "The World Needs People With Autism". I understood it the first time I read it but as I dig deeper into the true definition of inclusion I'm seeing that by imaging a school that truly includes people with disabilities makes it very evident what needs to be fixed for all students in the school. And one of those things is exactly what these two blog posts speak of - we need to ensure that we are not in some way feeding in to the idea that our students are broken or need to be fixed.
Where do I go with this? I have no idea but I'm starting to think more and more that inclusion is not really about modifications and UDL but rather it is about teaching every child to know and understand and celebrate their uniqueness.