The Blind Advantage by Bill Henderson
How Going Blind Made Me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made Our School Better for Everyone

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You should get out of education.

That was the advice first-year teacher Bill Henderson received when he discovered he was gradually losing his vision. Instead, Henderson persevered and became principal of the O Hearn Elementary School in Boston, an ethnically and economically diverse school where about a third of the students have mild, moderate, or significant disabilities.

In The Blind Advantage, Henderson describes how the journey into blindness helped him develop key qualities determination, vision, sensitivity, organization, collaboration, and humor that made him a more effective principal. At the same time, he shows how the inclusionary policies and practices at the O Hearn School (now renamed the William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School), elicited and developed these qualities in others.
The Blind Advantage provides insight into the challenges, possibilities, and practicalities of including students with disabilities and into the mind and heart of an inspired and determined leader.

About Bill Henderson

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Bill Henderson is the founder and editor of the Pushcart Prize. He received the 2006 National Book Critic Circle's Lifetime Achievement Award and the Poets & Writers / Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. He is also the author of several memoirs, including All My Dogs: A Life. The founder of the Lead Pencil Club, Henderson lives in New York.
Published October 1, 2011 by Harvard Education Press. 198 pages
Genres: Education & Reference.

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We had to promote a culture of inclusion in which every student was validated for strengths, welcomed enthusiastically, and encouraged to achieve at high levels.” The author candidly shares the details of this transition, providing engaging anecdotes that highlight the benefits of inclusivity whe...

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