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Stella Young TED Talk Discussion Guide for High School and Young Adults

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[Image description]  Stella Young in her power chair camera is looking up at her. She is blonde hair, a small microphone and a black and white striped shirt. She is smiling looking away from the camera. Her fists are balled up. 


From YouTube description: “Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”” Students will watch the video and process why disabled people are often thought to be inspirational for achieving very ordinary things. This inspiration is actually pity in disguise and discuss the implications for that idea. Students will reflect on their own perceptions of disability and how it aligns with the thoughts shared in the TED video.

SAS Standards: CC.1.5.9-10.A, CC.1.5.11-12.B

Lesson Plan: 

Stella Young TED Talk Discussion Guide.docx

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