Persons with disabilities are special persons with impairments ranging from physical; blindness, deafness, paralysis, or developmental disorder; autsim or dyslexia or personality disorder; depression or anxiety.
Oftentimes persons with disabilities have been excluded in normal school and shipped off to some special school where they learn but the disadvantages of this is that they end up with inferiority complex, fear of the outside world or not knowing anything entirely about the outside world or mistrust for others. Going to the same school will create an avenue for the different types of students to interact, tolerate, understand, help, know, like, trust and learn from each other and build self-esteem. If there self-esteem, accommodation, communication and managerial skill is properly harnessed, I don’t see a reason why they won’t do well and flourish in other careers and professions or walks of life they might decide to pursue.
In building new schools, persons with disabilities should be put into consideration. Stairs that can be able to accommodate people on wheels should be erected, amber lights that can be used to signal deaf students should be constructed, the use of Braille system for blind or persons with poor vision should be considered. The environment should be made conducive for all students both neurotypical or neurodiverse.
Wouldn’t it be a nice thing if this person’s can peacefully coexist in our schools without fear of been cajoled, bullied or hated on?
Proper awareness for the needs of persons with disability and educating the others that they are human like everyone else should not be left out. Love and acceptance must be preached.
The school should be emotionally and physically conducive for them to fully participate in extracurricular activities. Activities where they also can thrive should be adopted. Sports, games or projects where they can excel should be adopted into the school activities.
“Moden day of disability is about removing barriers that will allow them to fully participate in regular activities”_ Tom Shakespeare.
Laws against bullying or stigmatization of such person’s should be enacted and all defaulters accordingly punished.
Teachers, caregivers and parents shouldn’t be left out. They should be properly trained to first identify such persons especially the ones with developmental disorder that doesn’t have much of a physical symptoms like the visually impaired ones. Teachers should adopt new ways of teaching and new tools like online teaching and use of technological tools that will aid proper and effective learning.
Can a children with dyslexia be able to be understood and thought based on there strengths and not general view?
Children with dyslexia have problem with writing, learning foreign language, rhyming, understanding what they read (comprehension), solving word problem in math, writing, spelling, reading smoothly, sounding out written words and recognizing common sight words.
Most of the time children with this problem are often tagged as “dullard” “block heads” “dummy” “stubborn” and other negative words. Nobody gave ear to what there real problems was.
New method of teaching like; ABC of the ABA(Applied Behavioral Analysis)should be adopted.
A(Antecedent- what happened behavior occured)
B(Behavior- what’s the behavior)
C(Consequences- which could be positive or negative depending on what the behavior. This children are most of the time very creative, their strengths should be explored more.
The school curriculum should be drafted in a way to accommodate those with special needs. Even though special courses should be created for them as well but in the school general curriculum, their needs and strengths should be considered.
Finally, parents, caregivers and the government has a great role to play in making sure that our schools are accommodating for all kinds of children. Some of this modern tools might be costly, the government should help in making sure that schools have them. They should help in making sure that teachers receive modern training and adopt modern working ways of teaching this children.