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Inclusive thoughts

Posted on: September 25, 2019

Last night I concluded an evening class on ICT for Inclusive Education.

I was hoping that this round would allow me to provoke more thought on the differences between equality and equity in inclusive education.

As a refresher, here is one of the better visualisations and descriptions of equality and equity.

To that end, I wanted to share three videos at various segments: A Netflix trailer for Atypical, a feature on Greta Thunberg, and the winner of this year’s America’s Got Talent, Cody Lee.

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I only got to the first two videos and this was my intended message.

The main characters of all the videos were somewhere on the autism spectrum. All rely on some form of technology to be human and realise their goals — Sam needs noise-cancelling headphones because he is sensitive to noise, Greta uses social media to monitor her movement on climate change, and Cody has his keyboards and YouTube videos.

These are people with special needs and they are born into better circumstances than most. They are supported and enabled by their families and peers. They can compete on equal footing and even exceed the normal and neurotypical.

What about the rest who are not born privileged? They cannot be treated the same; they need to be treated fairly. This might mean giving more help and resources so that they can live their best lives.

Providing such help is a complex and messy process. For me, one of the starting points is special needs or inclusive educators. They need to know WHAT some technologies are and HOW best to incorporate them for teaching and learning.

They also need to know how other issues surrounding technology and pedagogy affect the two — issues like political will, policy, budgets, parental perspectives, social norms, etc. The burden is also on such teachers and educators to stay current with such issues and work from within the system to effect change.

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