Inclusion. It’s the “in” thing to do. It’s politically correct and it teaches “important life lessons.” But what is inclusion? Who are we including? Where? And how?
When you hear the word disability, what comes to mind? Different? Physical challenges? Intellectual disabilities? What about more hidden conditions like social difficulties, behavioral challenges, or mental illness?
Actor Edward Barbanell, an actor with Down Syndrome, said, “Don’t call us people with disabilities. We have DIFF-abilities.”