Disabled people are experts in adaptation. They should make the rules, not schools

I have the same disability as Alexis Rosseel, a seven-year-old girl who was “unregistered” from her dance class in Edmonton because she’s disabled. The school is working on a draft policy to accommodate students with disabilities in accordance with its insurance requirements, but in the interim, Alexis can’t dance with the other kids. According to her father, the school is considering creating an “accessibility class,” for which it would need to find at least six disabled kids, rather than keeping her in an integrated class, which is what Alexis and her family wants.

Like Alexis, I also use a wheelchair. Today, I’m the world champion of wheelchair parapole, a professional circus aerialist and a wheelchair paragliding pilot. But I had to fight to accomplish these things, and it started back in the early ’80s, when I was the same age as Alexis, facing similar issues in my schools.