Constructions of Young Children’s ‘Disabled’ Identities
I use a disability studies framework to disrupt dominant discourses of ability, diversity, and difference and problematize paradigms of disability transmitted in early childhood settings. I focus on using my own story as a person who claims the identity of a person with disabilities and the stories that Head Start teachers shared with me about the children with disability labels in their classrooms. Session participants will engage in a critical discussion around the social construct of disability and the implications for early childhood.
Muccio, L. S. (2014). Constructions of Young Children’s ‘Disabled’ Identities. Presented at Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education, Kent, Ohio.