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"A Land We Can Share"

"A Land We Can Share" Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
By Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott (2008)

The idea is simple, but the implications are far-reaching.  It is not just about skills of making autistic students read and write.  There is a belief behind: the belief that every student, irrespective of the labels they are given, should be respected and appreciated as those without labels, and be given the same access to education.  Just let every one participate and work out his/ her full potentials!  Neither is it an empty slogan advocating for autistic students' rights, nor is it just a gesture of cheap sympathy.  The work is very well researched, based on a lot of case studies and theoretical reflections.  The authors asked teachers and all of us to embrace a more inclusive conception about literacy based on two very fundamental ideas: (1) presuming competence (difficulties in performance doesn't presume disabilities in intellect and hence are no gr…
Woman Holding a Balance by Johannes Vermeer (c. 1664) Washington DC National Gallery of Art
A conception of law that is contextualized yet principled.