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    In Search of Community

    Lessons from Idealized Independence for Adults with Disabilities

    AMY L. BOELÉ
    In this article, Amy Boelé presents a conceptualization of community that challenges the goal of independence as an ultimate ideal. Building on in situ tensions within independence ideologies, she illustrates the contradictions that exist when the approach to achieving community access for individuals with developmental disabilities requires full independence. Such an approach serves as a kind of assimilation to the dominant, nondisabled group’s practices, which brings about contradictions that maintain 
    oppressive forces. Using excerpts from interviews and personal recollections, she theorizes how a reconceptualization of community might empower individuals with disabilities to be contributors to their communities. She argues against considering independence as the emancipatory opposition to institutionalization. She contends that true community, as a mutual site of unconditional giving and resisted oppression, is what counters discrimination, segregation, and control, rejecting the false dichotomy of independence and institutionalism.

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    Amy L. Boelé is an assistant professor of special education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, where she studies discourse and reading comprehension for learners with disabilities. Her work, which situates disability research in social, cultural, historical, racial, linguistic, and political contexts, has appeared in journals such as Teachers College Record, International Journal of Inclusive Education, and Reading and Writing Quarterly. She is coauthor (with Ken Howe) of the second edition of The Ethics of Special Education (Teachers College Press, forthcoming).
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    Fall 2017 Issue

    Abstracts

    How the Word Gap Argument Negatively Impacts Young Children of Latinx Immigrants’ Conceptualizations of Learning
    JENNIFER KEYS ADAIR, KIYOMI SÁNCHEZ-SUZUKI COLEGROVE, and MOLLY E. MCMANUS
    Globalizing Literature Pedagogy
    Applying Cosmopolitan Ethical Criticism to the Teaching of Literature
    SUZANNE S. CHOO
    The Politics of Recitation
    Ideology, Interpellation, and Hegemony
    DAVID I. BACKER
    In Search of Community
    Lessons from Idealized Independence for Adults with Disabilities
    AMY L. BOELÉ
    Teaching Minoritized Students
    Are Additive Approaches Legitimate
    JIM CUMMINS
    Why Education Practitioners and Stakeholders Should Care About Person Fit in Educational Assessments
    A. ADRIENNE WALKER

    Book Notes

    Achieving Coherence in District Improvement
    Susan Moore Johnson, Geoff Marietta, Monica C. Higgins, Karen L. Mapp, and Allen Grossman

    The Privatization of Education
    Antoni Verger, Clara Fontdevila, and Adrián Zancajo