I’ve provided links to a variety of resources in the Resources for Cultural Sensitivity page in the Week 5 module. Please take the time and focus to explore these resources and to familiarize yourselves with the content. You never know when you might need to put them to use!
For this ungraded discussion, however, you don’t need to use the resources unless you would like to, and it would be wonderful if you did. For this discussion, I want you to reflect on your own cultural experience and background. What were some of the cultural messages you got growing up about children with disabilities. For example, some cultures have historically believed that if you have a child with serious special needs, it means that you did something to displease the gods or God.
So here’s how this discussion will work:
Your initial post:
1. Please share a little about how children with special needs were viewed or thought about in the neighborhood where you grew up.
2. What could’ve helped or did help to change that view, if indeed it did change? Im other words, if you have a different attitude now than you did growing up about children with disabilities, what made you change your beliefs?want to be sure you have good resources related to cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence! Your knowledge and comfort in working with young children with disabilities and their families are going to be important assets in your teaching career.
1. The Pacer Center (Links to an external site.) is supported by the US Department of Education and provides support and information for families with children with disabilities. The center is also very active in providing anti-bullying resources.
2. The US government has all kinds of great social, community, and educational resources, including the National Prevention Information Network’s page (Links to an external site.) on cultural competence.
3. Kids Included Together (Links to an external site.) is an international organization that started right here in San Diego! It’s a wonderful resource, providing both families and professionals with information, strategies, workshops, and community networking to support inclusion for children with disabilities. They don’t directly address social competence, but it’s infused in all they do and share.
4. I posted this in the announcements but I like the content about cultural competence (Links to an external site.) included in this autism association’s website.
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