Hello Everyone! I’d like to start our learning experience by having you telling us a little bit about yourselves. Additionally, be sure to mention a particular topic you are looking forward to discussing in this course or share with us a recent experience, article, or a film that your saw that relates to a topic we’ll be studying this term. Us APA citations to reference your resource to make it easier for your classmates to find.
Please post your initial response by the end of the week, and then return to read and respond to at least two other people’s postings.
M1 Discussion –
Your Experiences with DisabilityContains unread posts
As Davis’ introductory essay suggests, the subject of disabilities is complex, and it challenges us to consider the role of power and inequality. Disability also demands an understanding of the broader concept of diversity.
Considering specific conditions, an individual might have a lifelong disability, such as Down’s Syndrome, which is caused by having an additional 21st chromosome that effects multiple aspects of early development, a person may develop a disability at a later age in life, or gain one through an accident or injury. A disease, such as cancer or diabetes, may develop and become disabling at any point throughout the lifespan. Some disabilities may be evident and visible, while others, such as psychological disorders or learning disabilities, may not be visible and can impact how one thinks, feels and/or learns. Some may have multiple disabilities that have compounding effects on thier functionality.
Further, some with a disability (or disabilities) may have limited intellectual capacity, while others may cope with various disabilities that have no effect on their intellectual performance. For example, Steven Hawking had Lou Gehrig’s disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – ALS), which had a great impact on his body. However, he was one of the world’s great geniuses who developed the Black Hole Theory of the Universe!!!
Persons may have or develop several different disabilities throughout their lives, some of which may have significant impacts across various of their lives. Some persons who do have a disability (or disabilities) may be able to live very full and active lives, with only mild limitations. I am thinking of an older woman with one leg, who at age 80 climbed one of the world’s highest mountains successfully!
I think you get the idea!
I am trying to open our discussion regarding the complexity and diversity of the topic of disabilities! Consider what have you read, seen, or experienced regarding this broad and complex topic and in this opening discussion address the following:
discuss your own experiences with disability. You may reflect on your own personal experience or those of friends and family, your observations, what you have seen in the media, etc. and describe how you view these experiences or observations in the context of concepts of diversity;
describe your reaction to Davis’ introductory essay. What were the significant takeaways from the reading? What questions remain unanswered?
Discussion Participation Tips
Your initial post should be a logical and thoughtful response to questions posted and typically should be at least 250 words. After posting, you should return to this discussion area and post at least two responses to posts made by your classmates during the remaining week(s) of the module. However, if you want to contribute more responses, please do. Your follow up posts should be reflective in nature and may require research and analysis to draw others into an in-depth conversation. Be sure to use APA format to cite sources when putting forth the ideas, opinions, and facts of others.
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