Summer Reads Series: Disability Pride Month, Pulitzer Center

Posted by Pulitzer Center on July 19, 2022

Over the summer months, we’re sharing underreported stories that add new perspectives to today’s headlines. Join us for our summer reads series!

This week’s story: “When Faced with Distance Learning, Julien Thrives” is an illustrated video centering 19-year-old Julien Palafax and his teachers at a program for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Why read this story? July is Disability Pride Month, an invitation to celebrate and listen to the voices and stories of the incredibly diverse individuals with disabilities. It’s also a great time to reflect on and recommit to building inclusive, accessible education spaces for all students.

Reflection questions for exploring this story:

  • How do the experiences of the students and teachers in this video reflect your own? How are they different?
  • What makes this an underreported story? How does it compare to other stories about education and the COVID-19 pandemic that you have seen?
  • What is disability pride? (Feel free to do some research! Many disability rights activists have written on this subject.) Do you think this story is a successful celebration of disability pride?

Explore the story.

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