A Teacher’s Year of Battles, Breakthroughs, and Life-Changing Lessons at Belchertown State School
Unsilenced
Special Education

A stirring and spellbinding memoir from internationally renowned AAC expert Howard Shane (Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School), Unsilenced is a candid look at a pivotal era in disability history and a deeply personal account of how all human beings can flourish when we care for each other and fight for change.  

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The year is 1969, and fresh-out-of-college smart-aleck Howard Shane has just landed his first teaching job—at Belchertown State School, a bleak institution where people with disabilities endure endless days of silence, tedium, and neglect.

Howard is stunned by the conditions at Belchertown and the challenges of his new job, but as he gets to know his diverse, endearing, and intelligent students, he becomes consumed with a mission: to unlock their communication skills and help them reach their full potential. Pitting his youthful idealism and passion against the rigidity of a rule-bound administrator, Howard battles his way to small joys and victories with his students—and, along the way, learns just as much as he teaches.

A stirring and spellbinding memoir from internationally renowned AAC expert Howard Shane (Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School), Unsilenced is a candid look at a pivotal era in disability history and a deeply personal account of how all human beings can flourish when we care for each other and fight for change.

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Unsilenced: One Teacher’s Personal Story of Battles and Breakthroughs at Belchertown

About the Online Materials
About the Author
Foreword
Author’s Note
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Epilogue
Discussion Questions

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by Amie Gaudet
on 7/18/2021
from Ontario Canada
A Compelling True Story of Finding and Fostering Hope in the Bleakest of Places
This fantastic memoir is an important addition to the history of people with disabilities. This is a story that MUST be told. Howard Shane was only 22 when he took a teaching position at the Belchertown State School. When he arrived, he had no idea that it would shape his entire future. This book will grab your attention and is 100% unputdownable. Readers will find themselves rooting, not only for Howard Shane, but also for the students in his unconventional classroom. This book is IMPORTANT. We need to remember the past. This knowledge is essential so that society is never allowed to slip back into believing the views of the past. I highly recommend this book to anyone & everyone who believes that that every person, is important & deserves the chance at a happy & fulfilling life. Howard C. Shane is an exceptional human being & I'm hoping he will write more about his life & work. I rate UNSILENCED as 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thanks to #NetGalley for the free copy of the book
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Nicole Eredics, The Inclusive Class - September 24, 2021
Unsilenced is a jaw-dropping reminder of how far we have come in educating individuals with disabilities and how much further we need to go.
Carol Quirk, Chief Executive Officer, Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education, Inc. (MCIE) - September 13, 2021

The 1970s brought about change in the way American society treated human beings who were viewed as “deficient” because of the difference in their physical or intellectual abilities. Howard Shane captured the awful essence of the institutional era, and in his story-telling allows us to remember the people who endured those experiences. When educators think inclusion in schools is not important – they need to read this book to understand WHY it is a must.

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