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Shira Moskovitz


United States

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The challenge I currently experience is the lack of amplification and celebration of the voices of students and educators with learning and thinking differences. This matter is of utmost importance as it directly impacts the inclusivity and diversity within educational spaces and the larger societal understanding of different cognitive perspectives. It also impacts decision making and there are many decisions that impact the neurodivergent community, yet their voices are not heard in the decision making process. By not hearing the voices of students and educators with neurodiverse experiences, we are missing out on valuable insights, perspectives, and contributions to the learning environment. This exclusion perpetuates a sense of marginalization and disconnect, leading to a lack of representation and understanding of the unique strengths and challenges that come with neurodiversity. It further reinforces the existing stigma and misconceptions surrounding learning and thinking differences, hindering the potential for a truly inclusive and supportive educational community. Moreover, the absence of amplification and celebration of these voices perpetuates a cycle of underrepresentation and underutilization of the diverse talents and abilities present within the neurodiverse community. It also denies neurodiverse individuals the opportunity to actively participate in shaping their own educational experiences and environments, ultimately limiting the potential for innovation and progress in the field of education. In essence, the failure to recognize and uplift the voices of students and educators with learning and thinking differences creates a significant barrier to achieving true inclusivity and diversity in education. It hinders the development of a rich and dynamic learning environment that embraces and celebrates the strengths of all individuals, regardless of their neurodiverse experiences.

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