If not, perhaps we are not looking hard enough... or perhaps we are looking too hard in one place.
In her book Widening the Circle, Mara Sapon-Shevin writes:
Inclusive classrooms teach us that we are all different and that we want to be talked about respectfully. The language we use - and the labels - are profoundly important in shaping our own understanding and others' perceptions. Calling me a "middle-aged, organizationally challenged woman" feels very different from calling me "a creative woman in her prime who grasps the big picture rather than being mired in petty details." Both descriptions are true, but which one would make you think "Gee, I'd like to hang out with that woman?" What we call people does matter, and inclusive settings help us to expand our vocabularies, widen our lens, and sharpen our kindness skills.Ultimately, labels fail because they encourage us to over simplify and categorize others in myopic terms. Nobody can be defined simply as caucasian, Jewish or autistic. Our needs can not be met nor can our identities be reduced to these one dimensional labels.
Because diversity and differences are the norm, perhaps we would all be better off if we stopped thinking about children as being "the same" or "different".
Perhaps it's time we move beyond the limitations of labels.