Kaleidoscope’s “Inclusion,” issue is finally online, and we are excited to bring you a wide variety of essays, fiction and poems and interesting artwork for your enjoyment.
Essays include: Melanie Reitzel’s “So, I Think I Can Dance,” (she sets her own standards for inclusion); Erick Mertz’s “The Day the Lights Went Out at Kellog Bowl,” (recounts a bowling expedition with one of his clients); Alisa A. Gaston’s “Chromosome 17 and the State of Mutual Trust,” (professionals repeatedly tell her that young daughter will never have any friends); Allan B. Goldstein’s “A Walk and a Talk—Brothers Defeat Willowbrook,” (the author’s younger brother is freed from the notorious Willowbrook after twenty years); Carol Keegan’s “A Profound Teacher in Disguise,” (recounts her experience returning to graduate school after surviving a stroke).
The art in this issue was created by Tammy Ruggles.
In fiction we have Celeste Bonfanti’s “Louder Than Words,” (a boy is bullied because of his deafness but finds a way to educate his classmates); Tristan Tavis Marajh’s “The Complete Works of Min-Ju Kim,” (a young woman who struggles with severe depression decides to become part of the world again). Barbara Ridley’s “Reinventing the Wheel,” (a wrong place, wrong time story).
We have two striking examples of how not to include: Stephen J. Bedard’s essay “Listen to the Children,” and in fiction, Grace Lapointe’s, “The Lost Year.”
There is also a book review of Julie Barton’s “Dog Medicine,” by Allison M. Loose (demonstrating the power of an animal to make a life of inclusion more attainable, comfortable, and free from fear).
The Evolution of Inclusion