Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities

Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities

Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities

Making a Place for Kids with Disabilities

Synopsis

Dale Borman Fink, the author of the only book on inclusion of youth with special needs in after school child care, now presents the first book to examine the experiences of children with disabilities participating in youth programs alongside their typical peers. Using a case study technique, he probes into the issues and dynamics that influence the increasing participation of kids with disabilities in such activities as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and park and recreation programs.

Excerpt

When Casey Martin sank a 25-foot putt to win a dramatic playoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 8, 1998, and qualify for the U.S. Open, the first person to congratulate him was his caddy. The second was 11- year-old Will Ard, a Cincinnati resident whose mother had brought him to watch the tournament. Why? Because the youngster and the professional each lived with the same congenital circulatory problem, Klippel-Trénaunay-Weber syndrome. "Will likes to play baseball," Will's mother told New York Times reporter Clifton Brown. "We feel there's been a little prejudice in the Little League toward him. It's pretty upsetting. I wanted him to see Casey, to see what he can accomplish" (8 June 1998, C-1).

Martin had quickly become nationally visible when he filed a lawsuit under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Disabled Pro Golfer Fights No-cart Rule," the Washington Post announced to its readers on page one (Steve Harrison, 10 December 1997). A month later, USA Today ran a long background piece on the front of its sports section called "Pro Golfer Rides Out Storm" (Harry Blauvelt, 7 January 1998). Articles followed in dozens of local newspapers across the country in both sports and news pages.

It was fitting that an 11-year-old with special needs was present to cheer for Martin on the occasion of his triumph in Cincinnati. For in their prominent reportage of the story of golfer Casey Martin, newspa-

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