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Title: Contagion and Antidote: Changing Locations of "Risk" in BC Public School's Discourse on Disability
Author: Stafford, Anika
Subject Keywords Disability, feminist, education, history, inclusion
Issue Date: 2012-09-21
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia; Educational Studies 509 Constructing Citizenship: Canada and Educational Past
Abstract: This paper examines discourses of disability in British Columbia’s public schools over the past century. I begin with overviewing gendered, racialized, able- norms that delineated who was deemed eligible for citizenship in the foundation of BC schools. From historical analysis, I move to examining current discourse regarding disability inclusion in public schools. This analysis focuses on a presentation by Vancouver School Board Autism and Inclusion consultants who, while arguing the importance of inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms, did do so with the goal of eradicating student difference. I draw from critical disability studies scholars that afford possibilities for public educational institutions to further depart from exclusionary pasts.
Affiliation: Women's and Gender Studies, Centre for
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43259
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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