Every year, it is estimated that four million dogs enter animal shelters across the United States.
Normal is a broad relative term. How many labels do we use in a day without conscious thought?
The student, the teacher, the therapist, or the principal are labels that conjure up images of who those people may be, what they look like and how they might act. What are the labels that might be applied to us? Would we like Labeling people in society Do the labels describe every aspect of who we are?
Are we more reluctant to claim some labels and not others? How do we feel when we are labeled and categorized? Now, think about the students in special education and their labels; the identified students, the severes, the BDs and, of course, the autistics!!
What images or feelings do those labels create? What do labels do? How are they used? Labels can be helpful, but can also become dangerous.
They can create stereotyped images based on collective thinking, hearsay, bias, fears, and the inability to separate the person from the disability or behaviors that may occur.
So, why do we use labels? Yet, a disability label is simply a medical and educational diagnosis. When people with disabilities are referred to by their medical or educational diagnosis, we have devalued them as human beings.
For many people with disabilities, their medical diagnoses define who they are Snow, In his book, Learning to Listen, Herb Lovett illustrates how labels are often used. When Herb asked the staff at an institution about a specific woman, the response was: This client is a left handed 32 year old Caucasian female, tending to obesity with a history of grand mal seizures, borderline personality disorder, depression and impaired intellectual functioning.
She is currently a resident at the Dixon county developmental center where she is being treated with Haldol and Dilantin. Her day is spent at a community vocational training program when she is delusional, withdrawn, and both verbally and physically aggressive.
Professionals often use labels in an attempt to understand a person but rarely do those descriptions help anyone to get to know the individual as a person. Instead those types of descriptions can create stigma and stereotypes that cause isolation. Stigma and the Student in the Classroom At a recent conference, Anne Donnellan shared a story about a totally black cat that, unfortunately, gets a stripe painted down its back.
It now looks like a skunk, but is still a perfectly harmless pet cat. However, the cat now has a stigma or stereotype attached to it, and is named for that stigma which creates a bias. That bias will change ones expectations and reactions.
It is important to remember that context is crucial to individual needs. We need to look at the whole picture within each context and our history in that context before making judgment Donnellan, Perhaps immediate thoughts of the stereotypes about students with an autism spectrum disorder may emerge.However, as a society, we should consider the fact that labels often warp our perceptions of people.
In essence, they promote both blatant and unconscious prejudice. In essence, they promote both blatant and unconscious prejudice. Jul 09, · Second, in contrast to smoking, the definition of obesity -- a body mass index, or weight in kilograms /(height in meters) 2 of 30 or above -- is a crude metric.
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The human body is an “electrical machine”. All vital bodily functions happen as a result of electrical signals being sent between the various parts of your body and your brain. In sociology, labeling theory is the view of deviance according to which being labeled as a "deviant" leads a person to engage in deviant behavior.
Mar 06, · This learning module was developed based on a needs survey sent to all third year medicine clerkship directors and all medicine residency program directors in the United States. These are just nine ways that we commonly categorize people.
We are human. We are complex beings with individual ideas, beliefs, preferences, and ideals. The day when society drops the labels and starts seeing people as unique individuals, will be the day when we will no longer be divided. In all reality, this is much easier said than done.