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!"
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.
Strands, Topics and Concepts
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.
In Western-European societies, people with disabilities have made notable strides in becoming recognized as valued, contributing citizens. However, there are a number of generally accepted, pervasive narratives in our society which still perpetuate biases and discrimination against disabled people.
Based on more than30 years of collaborative work on the issue with his colleague and wife, Emma Van der Klift, Norman Kunc utilizes short videos, humorous personal stories and powerful images to describe and explore 3 three problematic narrative that restrict the lives of disabled people. Norman then puts forward a fourth "counter-narrative" that challenges these existing narratives.