So today in one of my courses we had a guest speaker come in and talk about "Inclusion." It was an hour long talk about the practices of inclusion and why we should have inclusion schools. I kept reflecting back on my days in school and how all of the schools I attended did not practice inclusion. I told the speaker how when I am around people with disabilities I feel "uncomfortable" and that I did not understand why; I know that they are people just like everyone else. He told me it was because I was not "exposed" to people with disabilities throughout my childhood and I probably did not know how to socialize or interact with them (since they were kept in a separate room). I realize that I want to start observing more classes with children with disabilities to see if I can overcome this awkwardness. I was even thinking about switching my major to Special Education; right now I am an Elementary Education Major. My question/statement is: 1. Do you think that if I do decide to become a Special Education Major could I still be hired as an Elementary Teacher in the future? Or would I need to have an Elementary Degree and not a Special Education degree to be a General Education Teacher at the Elementary level? 2. Does anyone else feel like me? Uncomfortable at times around people with disabilities? I hate to sound like an evil wench M.H.