I have started the process of incorporating the "new" 2013 NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards into my library programming. I'm still in the process of studying the latest standards, but I want to share one aspect of the language that has caught my age. When addressing specifics of adapting curriculum and activities for children with disabilities, the standards mention "as is the case with some children with disabilities." The inclusion of the word "some" is significant as often "children with disabilities" are lumped into one group, ignoring the fact that different disabilities require different (and sometimes contradictory) accommodations, in addition to ignoring the very real differences that occur among individuals with the same disability. I am pleased to see such an important document addressing these differences in such a matter of fact way.
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.