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Radical Aces: Building Resilience And Triggering Structural Change, Nancy E. Dowd Jan 2019

Radical Aces: Building Resilience And Triggering Structural Change, Nancy E. Dowd

UF Law Faculty Publications

Children’s developmental equality is critical to their opportunity and lifetime success. If we are to dismantle hierarchies among children, we must dismantle barriers placed in their way as well as insure affirmative support so that each child achieves their full developmental potential. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) framework identifies factors that create hurdles, not necessarily insurmountable, to children’s development. A higher ACEs number translates into geometrically increased challenges for individual children. Identifying ACEs, if used simply to count obstacles for children, does not contribute to the goal of children’s equality. Indeed, counting ACEs may have the converse ...