We came across some fascinating information from Kids as Self Advocates (“KASA”) on Facebook and thought that this organization’s insights were well worth sharing. Of particular interest is its published work on the distinctions between the medical model of disability versus the social model of disability, which I’m going to get more into below.
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In a crisis, you will feel frightened, confused, guilty, angry, and helpless. Your common sense and good judgment vanish. What should you do? During a crisis, your first response is likely to be a big mistake!
I’m not going to repeat the whole thing here, but there are some really astute observations that the Wrights have made about the features and dynamics of a special education crisis. According to the Wrights, and I concur, there are three things that are likely to escalate a situation into epic crisis proportions:
The school makes a unilateral decision;
The school ignores information from others, including professionals and parents;
You may wonder why I put a video of the Top Secret Drum Corps from Basel, Switzerland on our blog. I think it offers a perfect visual and auditory example of what happens when everybody works together like a well-oiled machine – the exact opposite of what often happens in the world of special education where self-serving behavior, petty politicking, lack of professional discipline, and a general failure of all involved stakeholders to work together cost so many individual children, their families, and their communities so much.