My research topic is about what happens to children ¨with disabilities¨ with education and can they get the support and education. I was interested in this topic because I care about children’s education and all that they need to have equal support and opportunities. Education is really important for students so that we can be successful and educated. This relates to Temple Grandin’s chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” in the Autistic Brain because Temple Grandin has a disability called autism and she went to school and got special mentors to help her succeed. Temple Grandin did get a lot of supportive from family, friends, and teachers. She actually got accepted at 4 universities. Some students and teachers did not think Temple would accomplish so far in life. My research question was, “What happens to children with disabilities and can they get the support and education that they need?.” Many children without disabilities have the opportunities and support to get an education here in this world, but when it come to children with disabilities, it is actually hard for them to get the special needs and support. There are so many types of disabilities like autism, dyslexia, ADHD, depression, Organic mental disorder, Asperger syndrome, etc. It is very possible that all children with disabilities can be treated equally and have equal opportunity to get their education.
However, not enough children with disabilities aren’t getting their education. The graduation rate for students with disabilities is really low (Source #10). Reporters have said that children with disabilities are struggling to keep up because they have trouble communicating. “Meanwhile, the report notes that roughly 9 out of 10 students with disabilities are believed to be capable of graduating high school if given the right supports.” says the Disability scoop program. This shows that there is a chance that students with disabilities can get the opportunities and support just like students without disabilities. I noticed that it usually depends if you get the right support because every individual is different and have different perspectives. When students don’t graduate, they are most likely to be homeless, not have enough money, poverty and mental problems.
Educating children with autism can be hard in some circumstances because autistic children find it “difficult” to communicate and it is also hard to form relationships with other people including their own teachers (Source #4). Making sure that you want your child to get the support for learning cost so much money. The lifetime cost of taking good care of an autistic child would be around 1.4 Million dollars. That is a lot of money. Taking care of a child without autism would be $241,080. It’s really important that children get their support and education. The parent is the one who mostly has to pay all the money. “The core characteristics of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) include deficits in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted patterns of interests and behaviors.” according to this quote, by Edwards Goldson, it shows that it is difficult to teach young students with disabilities and conditions.
Therefore, some teachers are kicking children out of class because they are “ atypical.” Atypical means that something is not normal or is unusual. I think all people should be treated equally and it’s just wrong how they are talking about children with disabilities are different just because of the way they look and act. Since this has been such an affection to the community, the government wants children with autism, dyslexia etc. to get educated ( Source #7). “Given these challenges, a broad range of strategies at all levels are needed to realise the right of children with disabilities to inclusive education: Government-wide measures to establish the necessary infrastructure, and specific targeted measures to promote the right to access and full participation in quality education, and the respect for rights within learning environments.” This quote shows that the government does want disabled children to be equally treated and to earn the same education as children with non disabilities. The two first evidence shows that autistic people and other types of disabilities are not getting the support that they need. For the 3rd evidence it mostly talks about the government trying to fix the issue. The government is also trying to improve some schools so the autistic children can get support.
What else occurs to children with disabilities ? Autistic children want classrooms that are inclusive and that they bring respect to them. The classroom settings may be quite challenging in some circumstances and that they need understanding ( Source #13). Children with autism and ASD need some time to process. Autism in the classroom can be hard for their parents and teachers because they just don’t know how to support the child ( Source #14). “ This school just don’t get it. “ says a mother of an autistic child who did not wanted to be identified. Children with disabilities may not look like they have a disability, like you’re not able to see it. For example, hearing loss/ deafness. The person may look Well- being but they have a disability where they can hear. Another example is anxiety disorder, you can’t really tell if a person has it or not, that is my opinion. You can’t defined someone because of the way they look. That doesn’t mean they can’t be educated.
In conclusion, children with disabilities have difficulties on getting the education they need. With the right support from their families and teachers they can succeed. Practice makes perfect. How my research changed my perspective or the way of seeing people/society or school is that I know disabled students can have equal opportunities and education if we support them. I want to learn more about the different disabilities that people have, like dyslexia. It seems very interesting just like learning about if children can get education.
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