chapter  5
Exploring Meanings of Disability
WithSusan Baglieri, Priya Lalvani
Pages 21

This chapter provides practical suggestions and guidelines for entering into classroom inquiries that explore the meanings of disability and normality. It focuses on the question of what normality means in societies and invites reflection on human differences as an inevitable aspect of the human experience. It provides strategies for developing classroom activities from a social model perspective and suggests guiding questions for opening up complex discussions about disability in schools. The chapter includes lists of books and multimedia resources, both for further professional development and for use in K–12 lesson planning or curriculum development. Teachers can choose from numerous activity ideas and reproducible worksheets for teaching about disability, impairment, social model, and ableism in K–12 classrooms.