Week 8 DQ 1
Person-centered thinking places people and their capabilities, interests, and gifts before their diagnoses or treatments. For example, a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy would not be called “the child in the wheelchair” but instead would be recognized by the same traits that any other child might be: “Tommy likes trains and always remembers everyone’s birthday.” Could this practice of person-centered thinking be beneficial to other areas of diversity as well? Why?
Week 8 DQ 2
Ageism refers to prejudice and prejudicial treatment against people older than a certain age (usually in the mid-50s). What do you think is the most common expression of ageism?
Week 8 DQ 3
Inclusion is a term used in the disability community that promotes the participation and acceptance of people with disabilities in communities and events without restrictions or limitations. Do you think this is something that should be encouraged? Why or why not?
Week 8 DQ 4
If a person in a wheelchair is in a building that has high accessibility, does he or she still have a disability? In other words, does disability only exist in spaces where a person is not able to function or move around like a typically functioning person?
Week 8 DQ 5
Do you feel the changes brought about by ADA were adequate? Why or why not?
Week 8 DQ 6
In U.S. society, the elderly tend to be less and less visible in mainstream activities, in organizations, and in the workplace. One theory assigns this to ageism. Do you think that is the best explanation for this phenomenon? If yes, why do you think so? If not, what do you think is the best alternative explanation?
Week 8 DQ 7
How do you feel about the way U.S. society treats the elderly?
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