Pigs, Pirates, and Pills: Using Film to Teach the Social Context of Disability

Connor, David J.; Bejoian, Lynne M.
November 2006
Teaching Exceptional Children;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p52
Academic Journal
This article discusses ways that educators and special educators, in particular, can help people to view disability as just another natural part of human diversity, merely another bodily attribute or just another way of being. A course to help teachers explore and understand disabilities is described by the authors. Teachers must first determine what their schools teach about disabilities and then explore different ways to teach about disability. Teachers should understand what societal customs and beliefs contribute to the disabilities, including historical beliefs, institutional structures, legislation, cultural norms and values, and personal interactions.


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