Home Special Education Reevaluating My Language Round Incapacity (Opinion)

Reevaluating My Language Round Incapacity (Opinion)

Reevaluating My Language Round Incapacity (Opinion)


To the Editor:

The opinion piece “Autistic Isn’t a Unhealthy Phrase: The Case for Rethinking Your Language”(April 7, 2023) helped me understand the necessity to unpack and reevaluate my method to labeling college students with particular incapacity classifications.

I keep in mind the professor of my disability-studies class stressing how damaging labels like “autistic” and “paraplegic” are for the disabled neighborhood. My foray into training up so far led to me deliberately avoiding such labels in order to not offend disabled people and additional perpetuate stigmas relating to notions about their studying talents.

The stigmas surrounding disabilities are sometimes influenced by two components: (1) how educators are taught to view college students with disabilities and (2) our personal implicit bias, which is one thing all of us have that has been unintentionally fashioned by life experiences, interactions with others, and so on. Whether or not it’s intentional or not, our labeling can have an adversarial impression on college students’ tutorial and social-emotional well-being and on educators’ skilled development. Acknowledging the existence of neurodiversity in training can allow college students to undertake a development mindset towards their imaginative and prescient of success. Educators, too, can develop a development mindset that will increase their understanding of the various capabilities of scholars with individualized education schemes.

As somebody transitioning from educator to administrator, my aim is to encourage college students to verbalize their studying wants within the classroom and IEP conferences. I additionally wish to attend extra workshops to reinforce my understanding of easy methods to help college students with disabilities.

Andrea Cox
Brooklyn, N.Y.



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