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Airport Thievery: Learning the Hidden Curriculum in Everyday Circumstances

October 1, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Doug Goldberg

For most of my life airports have befuddled me.  It didn’t so much matter earlier in my life because the only time I used an airport was to go to visit my parents in another state.  Back then, before we had the heightened security of today, people were allowed to meet passengers as they stepped off the plane which allowed me to simply follow them through the airport without needing to concern myself with the confusion all around me.

Then, airport security changed.  People picking up passengers could no longer go through the security checkpoint.  I had to figure out how to navigate on my own from deplaning to the checkpoint.  No problem yet!  I only needed to know one airport and since I had made my way through this airport numerous times I knew the route.  Eventually I was able to get myself all the way to the luggage retrieval carrousel and exit the door to curbside pick up at my one familiar airport. Read the rest of this entry →

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Meltdown at the Airport

March 4, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I'm going to be very vulnerable in this post for the benefit of all who read it. Let me start by saying, "I HATE FLYING." I realize its a necessary evil as I receive more requests to give presentations out of state. Between the bright lights, echoing overhead announcements and people repeatedly bumping into me at the airport, there's the rapid pressure changes and unpredictable motion of the airplane itself. You'd think that would be enough to send me into a meltdown.

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30am to get to the airport to fly to New York for a presentation that night from 6:30-9:30pm. The landing into New York had significant turbulence and in addition to praying to God I gripped the seat in front of me so tight that I had a hard time letting go and my hands were stiff and sore. Read the rest of this entry →

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