But as I head off to the schools tomorrow, advocating for kids with disabilities, this thought comes to mind this evening.
This quote says it fairly clearly - it is safest to assume (at least at first) that a child is capable of learning. I believe it is a human right to learn and to be challenged and to be given the same opportunities as other kids whenever possible, with adaptations to compensate for the complex communication challenges. In essence, it's about respect. And students deserve respect just as much anyone else. In my humble opinion!