S: A New School Year
FC: Labeled Disabled | A Journey through school with a disability
1: Abbey Ford | Kids with learning disabilities, speech impediments, ADHD, and medical conditions that affect their appearance (such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida) are also at higher risk of being bullied. One study found that 83% of adults who stuttered when they were kids reported they had been teased or bullied for it. | http://urbandojo.com/2010/06/09/how-to-prevent-bullying-part-1-bullying-statistics/ | Children with physical disabilities are often places in Special Needs classrooms, no matter their learning pace --Kara Ray EC teacher at PGHS | Two to three out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Nine out of every ten who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear. | There are an estimated 57,696 legally blind people under the age of 21 in the U.S. | http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-physical-disability
2: I have a disability. But I should not have to be treated as lesser | Privilege, Power, and Oppression in Schools.
3: Alone | If others think | I am different, | who will play with me?
4: I am Blind, Deaf, in a wheelchair, or anything. You may not be able to tell.
5: But I am not stupid.
6: This is my building
7: and this is where I have to enter.
8: It's a big place. I have as much time as you do. I have to enter through the back. I have the added bonus of my wheelchair,
10: I have to go up that hill?!?
11: It isn't easy getting around when you can't see... | At least the crosswalks have chirps? | Chirp!! | Chirp!!
12: Oh, that too
13: Which One is this? | There's no braille here
14: New Friends! | If nobody else uses ASL, how can I ever have a bunch of friends?
16: I have major issues with how people with disabilities are often treated--an afterthought, "different", inhuman. Ramps are added the the back of buildings, elevators are confusing to find. Braille isn't always in the most convenient place. It has got to be difficult. It's hard enough being a kid, but to be separated like this? Tragic. Most people think of Privilege, Power, and Oppression in terms of race and gender, but not as a disabled person. These are our children, our students, our peers, and we are going to shove them to the back? We call them "cripples" and "retards" and then pretend we treat them the same? I will not stand for this.
17: Most parents complete scrapbooks with their non-disabled kids, but this seemed more "real" to me-- To see school from the eyes of those pushed behind. The majority of the pictures are my own, except for four that I got from the computer. As a teacher of non-disabled students, I will teach my students tolerance and respect. I will teach them to help their peers and not call them bad names. When I am finished with this degree, I want to continue on and study special education. After working with these children for just two days, I was hooked. These are special children and hold special places in my heart. They are the misunderstood, the children left behind.