Everybody belongs : changing negative attitudes toward classmates with disabilities /
Arthur Shapiro.
New York : Garland Publishing, 1999.
551 p. ; 23 cm.
0815311796 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Shapiro's Everybody Belongs is far more than its title suggests. It is not merely another "how to" book about inclusive education, of which there is an abundance; rather, it is an incredibly sophisticated and challenging examination of the concept of disability and attitudes toward disability. The author begins with a discussion of why attitudes are important and why educators should seek to change them, then goes on to raise issues of terminology (a very important matter given the loaded nature of much of the pathological language used to describe disabilities), different paradigms for conceptualizing and responding to disabilities (specifically, the minority group and medical paradigms), and both "common sense" approaches to disabilities and critical educational practice. Everybody Belongs is not just well written and interesting; it is important and, if Shapiro's arguments were to be heeded by educators, would radically change (and improve) the education of children with disabilities. The book is well grounded and well researched, and is a remarkably thorough treatment of a timely and significant topic. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners. T. Reagan University of Connecticut
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Unpaid Annotation
Intending to change teachers' and students' negative attitudes, help them develop empathy for persons with disabilities, and support the inclusion in school and society of persons with disabilities, this volume first presents an argument for why such changes should take place. It then discusses issues of language and terminology; presents minority group and medical model paradigms; evaluates early attitudes and their consequences; provides a sensible approach to disabilities; and argues for a set of critical educational practices that can change negative attitudes. Resources listed include curriculum guides and activity books, audio visual resources, juvenile books, networks and cable stations, and state assistive technology programs.
Back Cover Copy
The evil prosthesis of Captain Hook, the comical speech of Porky Pig, and the bumbling antics of Mr. Magoo are all examples of images in our culture which can become the basis of negative attitudes and subliminal prejudice towards persons with disabilities. These attitudes influence and underlie discriminatory acts, resulting in negative treatment and segregation. A teacher's ability to recognize and counter such images may well determine the success of inclusion and mainstreaming programs in our schools and society. Well-researched and well-written, this book offers practical guidance as grounded in solid research to schools that are wrestling with how to mainstream children with disabilities.
Main Description
InEverybody Belongs,Dr. Arthur Shapiro discusses how negative myths and stereotypes create ingrained prejudices toward people with disabilities. This much-needed text stresses the importance of changing handicapist attitudes and developing a rationale for fostering positive ones. Popular beliefs, myths, and stereotypes are dispelled.Everybody Belongsbalances theory with the practical application of ways to change negative prejudices in the classroom.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Why Change Attitudes?p. 3
Issues of Language and Terminologyp. 37
The Minority Group and Medical Model Paradigmsp. 81
Early Attitudes and Their Legaciesp. 145
Disabilities and Common Sense Approachesp. 267
Critical Educational Practices for Changing Negative Attitudesp. 341
Some Final Thoughts About this Bookp. 445
Resourcesp. 447
Bibliographyp. 491
Indexp. 539
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