“Inclusion”: A lesson learned from a student with a disability

A recent blog post by Edmonton FASD Network described a story of a school teacher who was stunned by the strengths shown by a child with disabilities who was a 17-year-old deaf, blind and autistic boy. He

(https://edmontonfetalalcoholnetwork.org/2018/11/13/vancouver-teacher-is-schooling-educators-on-the-value-of-inclusive-classrooms/)

“It was a really big lesson. The learning I had that day was not about me learning about his disability, but it was my inability to see that he was competent,” Ms. Moore

Now she is telling her story to everyone… You can read the full article here

Students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, Behavioural problems and physical/sensory disabilities which include children with FASD require ‘special needs education methods’ to include them with the rest of the class. Teachers of children with special needs have great responsibility in recognizing children with different disabilities and guide them for proper education and inclusion within the class using ‘less restrictive environement’ and individual education plans.

According to Popova 2016 the cost of special educational needs of children with FASD in Canada exceeds $53 million, which could be an underestimation considering FASD as an invisible disability in most cases and go unrecognized. Therefore, the demand for efficient special needs education programs, well-planned and executed individualized education plans for each child with FASD or similar disabilities and providing proper training for all the teachers interacting with children with disabilities.

Kudos to all the great ‘special education teachers’ and supporting professionals for dedicating their lives to make the lives of children with disabilities better. Their voice may, in fact, raise awareness of disability and special needs among all the teachers and encourage them to practice ‘inclusion’ in every classroom.

Note: The expressed opinions are of VR Medical & Science Writers.

 

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