By Ronald J. Berger
Disability, Augmentative verbal exchange, and the yankee Dream is a collaborative attempt to inform the existence tale of Jon A. Feucht, a guy who used to be born with a sort of cerebral palsy that left him reliant on a wheelchair for mobility, with constrained use of his fingers and an lack of ability to talk with out an assistive verbal exchange machine. it's a tale approximately discovering one’s voice, approximately defying low expectancies, approximately pleasing one’s desires, and approximately creating a distinction on this planet.
Sociologist C. Wright generators famously known as for a “sociological mind's eye” that grapples with the intersection of biography and background in society and the ways that own problems are concerning public matters. Disability, Augmentative communique, and the yank Dream heeds this name via a qualitative “mixed–methods” examine that situates Feucht’s lifestyles in broader social context, knowing incapacity not only as a person adventure but in addition as a social phenomenon. within the culture of incapacity stories, it additionally illuminates an event of incapacity that avoids studying it as tragic or pitiable.
Disability, Augmentative conversation, and the yank Dream is meant as an analytical and empirical contribution to either incapacity stories and qualitative sociology, to be learn through social technology students and scholars taking classes in incapacity experiences and qualitative study, in addition to through pros operating within the fields of unique schooling and speech pathology. Written in an obtainable sort, the e-book can also be of curiosity to put readers who are looking to research extra approximately incapacity concerns and the incapacity event.
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Typically such stories, if they are compelling stories, are marked by key turning points or epiphanies in which protagonists take agentive actions in the face of adversity, falter and progress, and (in stories with happy endings) ultimately triumph. Often they are framed in terms of what Arthur Frank (1995) calls the archetypal “quest” narrative, in the case of disability, a story about rising to the occasion and refusing to give in to despair in order to reach a desired goal. Insofar as Jon’s story can be framed as a quest, it is his desire to achieve his share of the American dream, a dream that is denied to all too many people with disabilities, especially to those whose disabilities are as significant as Jon’s.
I want you to get to know me, to help you know others like me Growing Up with Cerebral Palsy 25 and what they might become if they were able to access the opportunities I’ve had and learn how to negotiate a world that is still not fully accepting of people with disabilities. Research on families and childhood disability finds that it is common for parents to feel guilty about what transpired, thinking they must have done something wrong (Landsman 2009; Marshak, Seligman, and Prezant 1999; Naseef 2001; Solomon 2012).
In a study of the high school transition experience, Valerie Leiter (2012) found that disabled youths were especially critical of the lack of help they received from high school guidance counselors, with less than 25 percent of students even talking with their counselors in the year prior to graduation. At the same time, for those going on to college, some of the accommodations and special education services 39 40 Chapter 3 they received during high school may no longer be available, and the facilities of the institution may not be physically accessible.
Disability, Augmentative Communication, and the American Dream: A Qualitative Inquiry by Ronald J. Berger