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A Guide to High School Success for Students with Disabilities

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Written for young people with disabilities and the people who care for and educate them, this unique resource offers both inspiration and advice to help disabled teenagers successfully meet the special social and academic challenges of high school and to find their paths into the future. Compiling a wealth of expertise on a range of issues in high school and all the accompanying major life events, this edited volume offers guidance, support, experience, and encouragement, providing everything from explanation of ...

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Overview

Written for young people with disabilities and the people who care for and educate them, this unique resource offers both inspiration and advice to help disabled teenagers successfully meet the special social and academic challenges of high school and to find their paths into the future. Compiling a wealth of expertise on a range of issues in high school and all the accompanying major life events, this edited volume offers guidance, support, experience, and encouragement, providing everything from explanation of legal rights to guidance on effective study habits. Through the voices of disabled students and their teachers and family members, the book provides insights into the internal dilemmas that students face as well as problems they may encounter in the classroom, at home, and in society. This book is written to offer tools that empower students with disabilities face their challenges while providing educators, family members and friends insights into issues these students may encounter during their high school years. Every high school teacher, administrator, counselor, and librarian should familiarize themselves with the issues explored on these pages.

The book is divided into five topical sections that each addresses a set of related issues. Section I provides a history of disabilitities across different times and cultures and a discussion of the legal rights of students with disabilities. Section II discusses the cultural and social issues disabled teens face in modern society and looks at representations in film and literature. Section III is devoted to the many interactions and relationships faced in high school, including dating, socialization, and extracurricular activities. Section IV addresses issues related to academic success and the concluding chapter offers tools for advocacy and empowerful. Appendicies complete this multi-facted volume with lists of additional readings and on-line resources for students with disabilities.

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Editorial Reviews

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Through personal narratives and researched articles, this book addresses a wide range of issues for students with disabilities in high school. The chapters are arranged in five sections: historical background; cultural issues that surround disabilities, including films and literature; relationships with friends and teachers; academic tasks such as study strategies; and issues of empowerment. Some sections are more of interest for anyone who works with high school students such as parents, teachers, or counselors, but others will be meaningful to teens themselves. The student who is disabled is addressed directly throughout the book, encouraging self-advocacy. Chris Crutcher provides the introduction to the book and offers the positive message to "people who are perceived as 'different'" by saying "Never back down." Because this book covers such a wide range of disabilities, including stories from those with cancer, cerebral palsy, blindness, and more, readers looking for more specific guidance should continue their research. This book lists online resources and further reading organized by more specific disabilities. Teachers, librarians, and administrators wanting to be more sensitive and knowledgeable to students in need will benefit from this text. Young adults might not pick up this book themselves and many will put it down before finishing, especially because of the mixed audience for many chapters. This resource sets out to cover so much ground that students might want some guidance on finding what is useful for their particular needs before deciding that there is nothing in it for them. 2004, Greenwood, 181p.; Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix., Ages 12 toAdult.
—Kelly Czarnecki
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313328329
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,381,387
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA ANN BOWMAN is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Ashland University in Ohio. She is the author of Using Literature to Help Troubled Teens Cope with Health Issues (Greenwood, 2001) and Disability Matters: Legal and Pedagogical Issues of Disability in Education (Praeger, 2002).

PAUL T. JAEGER is a Research Associate for Information Use Management and Policy Institute of the School of Information Studies at Florida State University. He is co-author with Bowman of Disability Matters.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Section I Historical Background and Legal Rights 1
Introduction 1
The Meaning of Inclusion: The Educational Experiences of One Teacher with a Disability 3
Kick at the Darkness: Integration, Education, and the Struggle for Legal Rights for Individuals with Disabilities 7
Section II Culture and Society 23
Introduction 23
We're Just More Accommodating 25
Don't Make Fun of My Sister 26
My Best Friend Has Cancer 27
Disability in Culture; Disability as Culture 28
Feature Films: Public Perception of Disability 36
Images of Disability in Literature 45
Section III Interactions and Relationships 57
Introduction 57
Sight and Insight: My Life in Public School 59
Extracurricular Activities and Students with Disabilities 66
Dating Considerations for Adolescents with Disabilities 70
Section IV Academic Issues 83
Introduction 83
Volunteering to Rediscover Myself 85
We Carved Pumpkins and Learned from Each Other 86
Experiences of High School Students with Disabilities 87
Moving On: Ideas for You to Make Your Transition to High School Great! 89
Managing Educational Supports: Advice from Students with Disabilities 98
Curriculum: To Run the Race 108
Libraries, Media Centers, Online Resources, and the Research Process 117
After High School? 132
Curriculum and Disability: Pedagogical Considerations for Teachers 144
Section V Advocacy for All 151
Introduction 151
I Don't Like the Term Disability 153
An Important Lesson 154
Advocacy, Empowerment, and Inclusion: Equal Educational Opportunities for All 155
Appendix I Suggested Readings Related to Disabilities 161
Appendix II Online Resources for Students with Disabilities 170
Index 173
About the Editors and Contributors 179
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