Some of our regular readers and contributors may have noticed that Kaleidoscope’s Winter/Spring issue is late this time, but we promise you it will be well worth the wait. In early February we will present to you an expanded issue of the magazine surrounding the theme of “inclusion.” Join us as we further examine the inclusion movement, both yesterday and today, and what it means in the lives of individuals with disabilities.
With Issue 74, because we received such a wide range of submissions touching on various experiences and interpretations of inclusion, we decided to add more of the personal essays, fiction, and poems you love to read.
There are essays in which parents recount their efforts to provide common childhood experiences that would not occur without intentional effort: “Listen to the Children,” and “Everyone Deserves a Turn.” There are essays about young people moving out into the workforce: “Cleaning” and “Letting Go With Love.” We have some works that discuss major changes that adults have had to embrace: “A Walk and a Talk—Brothers Defeat Willowbrook,” and “A Profound Teacher in Disguise.” Our featured essay is, “So I Think I Can Dance.” In this piece, Melanie Reitzel recounts how she set her own standards regarding inclusion.
In fiction, we have two stories in which young adults take matters into their own hands in order to expand and enrich their lives: “The Devil’s Grip” and “The Complete Works of Min-Ju-Kim.” We also have an excellent example of how not to be inclusive—“The Lost Year.” “Reinventing the Wheel,” is a story that recounts a situation in which one would definitely not choose to be included.
Compiling Issue 74 proved to be an engaging challenge for the staff of Kaleidoscope, and we sincerely hope you will enjoy delving into the subject of inclusion. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy one of our previous issues.