The
third assumption upon which the CRI program is built is that disability is a
constant, immutable state of being, something inherent to the person in
question. But the concept of disability needs to be understood through the
social construct model. This model explains that disability is really a consequence
of the person’s environmental conditions (Kirby 2017, 177). A concrete example
of this is how a person with a mobility disability accesses buildings: a
building without ramps “disables” that
person from being able to enter the building, but if that building has ramps,
that person can enter the building as easily as anyone else, and their
“disability” is nullified. Disability is contextual; it exists only under
certain environmental conditions. These conditions can be more than just
physical barriers—they can also be any social stigmas, common practices, and
political decisions that deny a person access to the opportunities they
deserve. Many of these conditions result from ableist beliefs that accept only
one way of “entering a building”. The students in the CRI program at High Point
are disabled by the conditions of the American educational system, which does
little to modify its practices and expectations to nullify cognitive
disabilities.

Large-scale,
paradigm-shifting systematic changes are needed to address the inequitable
education of students with cognitive disabilities. These include eliminating
labels to reduce stigma, implementing effective teacher preparation programs,
and reducing our reliance on separate special education programs (Kirby 2016,
177). However, as an early-career teacher, there are many small actions I can
take in my classroom to create equitable opportunities for my students with
disabilities. The include recognizing and altering the environmental conditions
that disable my CRI students, implementing strategies considered best practices
in both CRT and DI approaches, and using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
strategies. 

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