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· What caused you to view the world around you differently or examine a topic from a different perspective?

· What struck you as you explored the course materials this week?

This discussion forum is an opportunity for you to explore topics that interest you; share critical insights and questions that you are working with; share your struggles and triumphs; and discuss difficulties that may have arisen this week. Your initial post should describe your experiences in the course this past week, prompting further discussion. Address at least two of the following questions:

You are required to post at least 150 total words in this forum this week.

Adams, R., Reiss, B., & Serlin, D. (2015). Disability. In Keywords for Disability Studies, edited by R. Adams, B. Reiss, & D. Serlin. Pp. 5-11. 

Davis, L.J. (2015). Chapter 19: Diversity. In Keywords for Disability Studies, edited by R. Adams, B. Reiss, & D. Serlin. Pp. 61-64. 

Ridgway, S. (2013, March 5). 19 Examples of Ability Privilege. Everyday Feminism. 


Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. (n.d.). People First Language. 


Zayid, M. (2014, January).  I got 99 problems … palsy is just one [Video]. TED Conferences. 


What caused me to view the World around me differently is learning about different people and different disabilities. It is important to learn about different disabilities such as Autism, deafness, Down Syndrome, physical impairment, and even vision impairments and to understand that these disabilities can cause individuals to have trouble functioning properly such as deafness causing people to not be able to hear and vision impairments causing people to have difficulties seeing so that people such as caregivers can take good care of them, support them, and help them with their daily living activities such as bathing, reading, writing, cooking, getting dressed, and even walking. It is also important to realize that it is not okay to discriminate people against on the basis of their disabilities because if people discriminate them and harass them, then the people with disabilities will feel like they are not getting enough support and that they may feel like they are being neglected by mean and unsupportive people. I am always willing to be kind to different people with different disabilities, and that I will have friendly and amazing relationships with people with disabilities if I give them a lot of support and help them with their functional life skills. I am also the type of person who will always feel bad for people with disabilities and willing to help these special people with their needs, too so that they can do well in being independent at school and do well at home. I think that it is necessary to learn to not call people with disabilities bad names such as “slow” and arrested development” because these words do hurt people’s feelings, and that many people with disabilities may feel like they do not belong to the same societies as people without disabilities if they are being called these offensive names. So, it is best to treat people with disabilities with respect and love, to be patient with them, and to understand their challenges, too so that many people will not struggle to be part of a society. What did struck me is the Chapter 1 Disability chapter in the Keywords for Disability Studies online textbook by Rachel Adams, Benjamin Reiss, and David Serlin because it definitely has a lot of information about the different types of disabilities and how they prevent people from functioning properly in the World, how to treat people with disabilities in respectful and kind ways, and how to make wonderful friendships with them and how to include them into a society because people with disabilities are special people and once people interact and communicate with them appropriately and once they help they understand the world and their societies, people with disabilities will be able to overcome difficulties learning in school and at home and that they will be successful people in life and I think that doing these things are very important and that these are incredible and wonderful ideas to follow, too when helping people with disabilities understand their World around them. I enjoy learning about these things, and I think that learning about different disabilities and helping people with different disabilities makes me want to always be a diverse and caring person.


The terms race and ethnicity can be confusing for some, there are those that use these terms interchangeably. Pipes (2016) does a good job of explaining the difference between race and ethnicity. What are your thoughts on this video? Is this helpful in understanding these terms?




Pipes, E. (2016, February 23). Race, ethnicity, nationality and jellybeans [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqV3CK6QfcU&t=3s