Norman challenges the presumption that people with disabilities need to improve their "ability" in order to have the "opportunity" to go into the community. He maintains that we have "got it backwards." The opportunity to be in the community is the best way to acquire and impove "ability."
Fostering Ability through Opportunity - Part 2: "I Learned to speak clearly when I quit speech therapy!" (7:30)
Norman shares his own experience of how the opportunity of going to a regular school fostered new abilities.
When Norman realized he had "the right to be disabled," his life changed. He recounts why this was a pivotal moment in his life and the unexpected insights that arose out of this new perspective.
Norman Kunc hosts this compilation of conversations with a number of leading voices in the field of inclusive education. Together they explore the central tenets of inclusive education and respond to the most common objections that are raised against it.