OK Different is an inspiring story of Diane Browder’s remarkable life and career in special education. Diane Browder, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In OK Different, Diane shares her life’s journey and passion. She reconstructs the history of changing laws and attitudes toward services for, and expectations of, individuals with disabilities during her 40-year career—which began when there were no school programs for this population. She shares this history through stories of her personal encounters and encounters with individuals who would not be defined by their disability.
Diane’s memoir is authentic and delightful reading. It is also an excellent textbook for special education courses that explore critical topics, such as laws, trends, advocacy, and making the least dangerous assumptions about individuals with moderate-to-severe disabilities. Written to give future professionals a sense of history they may not know it is Diane’s hope that future teachers will have a passion for creating more inclusive options, setting ambitious goals, and witnessing remarkable achievements.
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