Let’s pretend you didn’t just read the title. Family Feud style, name a disability that begins with the letter A! What pops into your mind? Autism? Asperger’s? If you’re like me: yes!
As a special educator, the term disabled makes me cringe. When you look up the word disability, you’ll find synonyms such as affliction and defect. Granted, certain things don’t come as easily to my students as they do to other children, but they’re not suffering, and they certainly aren’t defective! To the contrary, while my students access aspects of life in ways different than most others, they also have remarkable abilities that few possess.