Seeing the Charade is a book that examines the reasons why friendship is such an elusive goal for so many students and disability labels. It explores the barriers to friendship that exist in our schools and communities and offers specific strategies for how we can support students to have the kind of social lives they want and deserve. Though written in an easy-to-read conversational style, the words are strong, as is not he not-so-subtle suggestion that much of what we do in the name of special education actually serves to prevent friendships from happening. Seeing the Charade is a must read for anyone interested in making friendship a reality for the students they know and love.
A guide to reading the book, including information about its origins, authors, and the way in which it is organized.
Introduction to Barriers
The real reasons why so many students do not have the social lives they want and deserve.
Barriers: What to Undo
The attitudes and educational practices that serve as barriers to real friendship.
Introduction to Strategies
Values and guidelines for successfully supporting friendships.
Strategies: What to Do
A menu of strategies to support students to develop meaningful and reciprocal relationships.
Written by Jamie Burke
A helpful list of books, articles, and movies about disability and friendship.