"Students With Different Abilities"
When are we going to stop viewing people as "individuals with disabilities" and start viewing them as "individuals with different abilities"? I came across the latter term in perusing the website of the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru (http://en.annsullivanperu.org/), a special needs program in Peru that a colleague was recently telling me about. The same way that "neuro-typically developing people" (as much as I hate that phrase) have different types of intelligence, people with developmental and learning difficulties may also have different kinds of intelligence that set them apart from what is considered "normal" or "typical." Here are two recent articles that provide a refreshing perspective regarding this idea and remind us of the importance of seeing the value in what people do well rather than the stigma associated with what they do poorly: