Borrowing from narrative research and Disability Studies in Education, Emily tells the story of her adoptive siblings Maria and Isaac, who were orphaned by AIDS. She explores the paradox of inclusion which is that it sometimes, if not oftentimes, fails and results in exclusion. A chief reason for the failure of inclusion, Emily argues, is that children with real and perceived differences challenge the “grammar” of schooling—that is, they stand out for their differences.

Author Biography

Emily Clark is a New York City public school teacher and student in the Urban Education PhD program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her areas of research interest include visual and narrative inquiry and the intersection of Dis/Ability Studies and Critical Race Theory.



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