lol i was bored sorry guise

braveremus  asked:

How do you think Hogwarts helps to accommodate students with disabilities?

okay, well, the super easy (and ableist) answer would be, “lol they just magic away the disabilities!” but ofc that’s bullshit. (quick side note to aspiring and existing fiction writers: stop eradicating non-normative identities for the sake of convenience, under the guise of creating some boring “utopia” where differently-abled people don’t exist. that’s not inspiring, it’s just super gross.)

sorry. okay, so, they don’t do that, but i do think they would be super accommodating. consider the following:

  • special focus groups to help nonverbal and hard of hearing students learn how to do nonverbal magic. (by sixth year NEWTS, they’d be way ahead of everyone else)
  • enchantments put in place to make the castle recognize when someone is wheelchair bound and can’t go up and down stairs, or climb through portrait holes, so it turns everything into hella rad ramps. (other students are like, “the fuck, no fair, we have to climb like 80 flights of stairs a day”)
  • one-on-one sessions to help autistic students learn charms to help with sensory issues–like, silencing and muffling charms, or how to change the texture of fabric, or how to eradicate the smell of particularly odorous potions, etc
  • providing silent work spaces, and strictly enforcing them
  • teaching alternative ways to perform spells for paralyzed or immobilized students who can’t always follow the proper wand movements
  • instead of penalizing students with learning disabilities, they would group similarly-minded students together, and dedicate a lot of time to helping them find study habits that actually work
  • all the house elves would be trained in various forms of sign language, and would be more than willing (and also contractually obligated, ig) to perform as interpreters for HOH students
  • most of all, they’d make sure disabled students feel represented. all the teachers would have, as a part of their yearly curriculum, sections where they discuss notable disabled witches and wizards, and would never, ever let a student feel like they can’t achieve something bc of their disability
  • (i imagine a disabled student meeting with mcgonagall their fifth year, for career counseling)
  • (and them being like, “i have no future in the wizarding world bc of *insert disability*”)
  • (and mcgonagall would just get hella stern)
  • (and practically force biscuits down their throat)
  • (and she’d pull out a big, dusty book, all about notable disabled people in the wizarding world)
  • (and she’d spend an entire hour making sure her student knew)
  • (no matter what)
  • (they were valuable)
  • (and could be great)
  • the end