Lessons from and for "Disabled" Students

25 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2012

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Sharon E. Rush

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: Spring 2004


The traditional understanding of "disabled" means to have a physical, mental, or emotional limitation. It is unfortunate that the word has negative connotations because we all have the ability to do some things and not others. An individual's disabilities, traditional or otherwise, do not diminish the person or detract from the universal tenet that all people are inherently equal and entitled to be treated with dignity. Generally, it is unproductive to compare the circumstances of one group with another for the purpose of discerning which group has it better or worse. Struggles by different groups to achieve equality have different concerns and are entitled to be "recognized" independently and within broader contexts. Struggles for equality are just that: we all want to be equal human beings before the law.

Keywords: disabilities, IEP, individualized educational program, discrimination

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Rush, Sharon E., Lessons from and for "Disabled" Students (Spring 2004). Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2113496

Sharon E. Rush (Contact Author)

University of Florida Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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