One of the themes running through this summer’s conference will be the importance of self-respect, of deriving pride and self-confidence from seeing yourself accomplish something that you know was not easy versus the detrimental effects of paternalism.
Remember the old attitude toward women, “Don’t worry your pretty little head, we’ll take care of you.” Well, that paternalistic attitude can often be found today toward First Nations people and toward people with disabilities such as blindness. Three impressive and accomplished blind individuals will tackle head on the need to encourage empowerment and accomplishment rather than custodial care and low-level training.
to fostering the right attitude for facing challenges (Shawn Marsolais)
to enabling full participation in science education by adapting materials, courses and technologies (Lindsay Yazzolino.)
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