Ableism and Social Justice

Alice-Ann Darrow

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780199356157
Published online May 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199356171 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Ableism and Social Justice

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Many of the societal injustices historically perpetrated against persons with disabilities are well known: educational segregation, inaccessible public buildings and programs, and lack of employment opportunities. Less obvious and rarely acknowledged are issues related to the social integration of persons with disabilities and the resulting educational implications. Students with disabilities who are socially accepted and well assimilated into their school and are more likely to graduate and to secure employment. Indicators of social inequities are often subtle and overlooked, thus making teachers powerless to facilitate classroom interactions that contribute to the well-being and educational success of students with disabilities. The ability to embrace diversity in all its facets and to advance social justice requires that educators (1) understand disability culture and its place within the majority culture, (2) recognize stereotypic and stigmatizing views of persons with disability, and (3) create socially and musically inclusive environments for students with disabilities.

Keywords: social justice; disability culture; inclusion; diversity; education; music

Article.  7118 words. 

Subjects: Music Education and Pedagogy

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