Harvard Educational Review
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    Eliminating Ableism in Education

    Thomas Hehir
    In this article, Thomas Hehir defines ableism as “the devaluation of disability” that “results in societal attitudes that uncritically assert that it is better for a child to walk than roll, speak than sign, read print than read Braille, spell independently than use a spell-check, and hang out with nondisabled kids as opposed to other disabled kids.” Hehir highlights ableist practices through a discussion of the history of and research pertaining to the education of deaf students, students who are blind or visually impaired, and students with learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia. He asserts that “the pervasiveness of . . . ableist assumptions in the education of children with disabilities not only reinforces prevailing prejudices against disability but may very well contribute to low levels of educational attainment and employment.” In conclusion, Hehir offers six detailed proposals for beginning to address and overturn ableist practices. Throughout this article, Hehir draws on his personal experiences as former director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, Associate Superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools, and Director of Special Education in the Boston Public Schools. (pp. 1-32)

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    Spring 2002 Issue

    Abstracts

    Eliminating Ableism in Education
    Thomas Hehir
    "Not Bread Alone"
    Clandestine Schooling and Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust
    Susan M. Kardos
    Against Repetition
    Addressing Resistance to Anti-Oppressive Change in the Practice of Learning, Teaching, Supervising, and Researching
    Kevin K. Kumashiro
    Madaz Publications
    Polyphonic Identity and Existential Literacy Transactions
    Bob Fecho with Aaron Green

    Book Notes

    The Best for Our Children
    Edited by María de la Luz Reyes and John J. Halcón

    Holler If You Hear Me
    By Gregory Michie

    The Gendered Society
    By Michael S. Kimmel

    Honored but Invisible
    By W. Norton Grubb, with Helena Worthen, Barbara Byrd, Elnora Webb, Norena Badway, Chester Case, Stanford Goto, and Jennifer Curry Villeneuve

    An Elusive Science
    By Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

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