How people who have been labeled "disabled" might become full participants in different areas of society

Schooling Without Labels

Parents, Educators, and Inclusive Education

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Douglas Biklen

"This book has great potential for effectively presenting and championing a vision of education (and more generally of society) in which those with and without disabilities can live and learn together. I see this book as a 'call to arms,' ...and one to go back to again and again in order to reflect upon what we should be doing with all of our children."
Paul C. Higgins, University of South Carolina

Douglas Biklen closely examines the experiences of six families in which children with disabilities are full participants in family life in order to understand how people who have been labeled disabled might become full participants in the other areas of society as well. He focuses on the contradictions between what some families have achieved, what they want for their children, and what society and its social policies allow. He demonstrates how the principles of inclusion that govern the lives of these families can be extended to education, community life, and other social institutions.

The parents who tell their stories here have actively sought inclusion of their children in regular schools and community settings; several have children with severe or multiple disabilities. In discussing issues such as normalization, acceptance, complete schooling, circles of friends, and community integration, these parents describe the challenge and necessity of their children's "leading regular lives."



1. Achieving Regular Lives
2. The Inclusion Philosophy
3. Escape from Client Status
4. The Myth of Clinical Judgment
5. Two Students, One Myth
6. A Case of Inclusion: Individual or Schoolwide Change?
7. The Inclusive School
8. Epilogue: Equality among Equals


About the Author(s)

Douglas Biklen is a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Division of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Syracuse University.

Subject Categories

Disability Studies

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