Many advocates have urged people to stop using the infamous R-word in their everyday language, and have successfully removed it from the DSM as an official diagnosis. But the R-attitude still persists. The words “short bus” and “special ed” continue to carry the same connotation of shaming people who are seen as “less intelligent” and therefore less human. Unfortunately, little has been done to reduce the stigma of being enrolled in special education, let alone being someone who rides the short bus. A child should never have to hide the fact that they are associated with special education in any way, not even the mode of transportation they take between home and school.
If you, a family member, or a friend have faced any discrimination due to being associated with the small yellow school bus, please email me your submission for review and I will post it on this blog.
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