Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chris Klein: Seeing Unique Abilities

The whole talk is fantastic but I though the most profound part of it was this statement: "What is your disability?  We all have a disability here.  Most of us in this room can hide their struggles but that disability is constraining you in some way.  When we mask our own constraints, it's harder to see past the disabilities of other people because we feel inadequate ourselves.  It's time for us to stop pretending that we have it all together so that we can share our struggles together.  When we do this, it's easier for everybody to see past the disability and be able to see the gifts a person has to offer to the community."

There is much talk about the need for collaboration as a foundation to building inclusive schools.  I think this quote speaks to the depth of this idea and reaches down beyond the action right to the heart of schools that are taking inclusive values and putting them in to action.