ECS 110- Reading Response #4
Through my journey to becoming a future educator, I have had the opportunity to partake in classes focusing on disabilities. I am an inclusive education minor and am very excited about new-found knowledge around the topic of disabilities. This article was educational and allows for disability to be seen in a positive light. My understanding of the word disability had changed after reading this article because of the dehumanizing attributes surrounding the word disability. In my opinion, a new approach to vocabulary is a step in the right direction throughout society in regards to disability. The term disability has become social normality. The word “disability” has become labeling and the worry of marking negative remarks on children is a worry for all. “Dis” in disability relates to failure and has negative meaning surrounding it. In the article, the point about “dis” meaning trouble was outrageous to me. This point was when I comprehended how derogatory the “dis’ in disability truly is. I believe having disability represented as dis/ability is one way to eliminate degrading meaning around the inabilities of those with dis/ability. For myself as a future educator, engaging in the same kind of “troubling” norms would eliminate inclusivity within my future classroom. Including words like “disability” in my speech would allow for a negative light to be shone around the student’s wellbeing. These negative words dehumanize not only my future students but people in general. I will use Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies (Clare) to apply more positive words like ableism into my vocabulary as an educator and human. I aspire to be a respectful, inclusive, and accepting teacher to educate our future and using degrading words like “disability” will not allow for positivity in my career. I believe we as individuals, do not have the authority to define someone's ableness and the word disability is dehumanizing. I plan to use this perspective in my future classroom on my journey to equality and inclusive education.