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Generic: Waiting for the bus that never comes…an analogy for inclusion in 2009

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EDUCATION, inclusive education

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PRACTITIONER:group practice and professional learning

Authors

Phyllis Jones

Published

2009, 9/21/2009

Publisher

Equity Alliance at ASU

Abstract

When I was a young girl living in the North East of England, our main form of transport out of the small town was a public bus. My family and I would sit in the bus shelter waiting for the bus to arrive with a sense of positive anticipation of the trip we were going to take. However, on occasion we would wait and the bus would not arrive at the scheduled time; sometimes the bus was late and sometimes it did not come at all. On many of these occasions, we had to return home or change our plans for the day. We never knew if the bus that was late would actually come, and I remember vividly, the sense of worry I had about whether the bus would ever come at all. This feeling of worry is something that I currently experience as I work in the South West of Florida. The focus of my concern is about how far we have actually come as a community to develop and support meaningful inclusion opportunities for students with severe and complex disabilities. Two recent experiences have brought this unease to the forefront.

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