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Contagion and Antidote: Changing Locations of "Risk" in BC Public School's Discourse on Disability Stafford, Anika


This paper examines discourses of disability in British Columbia’s public schools over the past century. I begin with overviewing gendered, racialized, able- norms that delineated who was deemed eligible for citizenship in the foundation of BC schools. From historical analysis, I move to examining current discourse regarding disability inclusion in public schools. This analysis focuses on a presentation by Vancouver School Board Autism and Inclusion consultants who, while arguing the importance of inclusion of students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms, did do so with the goal of eradicating student difference. I draw from critical disability studies scholars that afford possibilities for public educational institutions to further depart from exclusionary pasts.

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