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A Special Education Student Speaks: I Navigate ‘Parallel Universes’

December 5, 2018

By: Jack Bradley

Source: Education Week

I live in parallel universes—the universe of special education and the universe of not-so-special education. For most of high school, I spent half of every school day in a resource room and the other half in AP classes. Every day I was split in two. Students like me are called “twice exceptional” because we have disabilities and we are also considered gifted.

“Gifted” and “disabled” are just two of my many labels. Autistic, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dysgraphia, Tourette’s, and microcephaly are a few other terms often applied to my apparently atypical brain. They are not, however, the way I define myself.

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