Hello everybody, this week my blog will be a continuation of last week’s blog on Intellectual and Developmental Disability Awareness (I/DD) month.
On spreading awareness, I would educate others about the different types of disabilities by holding classes to show them some of the challenges that different people with disabilities have to deal with. For instance, people with Down’s syndrome have trouble speaking clearly. Also some of the kids I know with Down’s syndrome like to hug people.
When I hear people talking about others with disabilities, I think it is great because that means that people know about them. When I hear people that talk about children with disabilities inappropriately, it makes me sad because people are not aware about the disability that they are talking wrongly about. For example, just because a person who is blind can’t see, that doesn’t mean that they can’t read. There are multiple methods out there for the blind to read. Two examples are braille and text to speech. As far as reading a book goes, the visually impaired might listen to audio books. Even though I am not blind, it is sometimes hard for me to read so I use audio-books as well. My vision specialist teaches classes to help students who are blind how to navigate the street.
We may not be able to do all the things a person without a disability can do, but we are often able to do other things as well if not better than the person in question.
In closing, one should never judge a book by its cover. Perception is not always reality.
See you next week!
Chandler: Your comments are very important. Thank you for sharing valuable information regarding people with disabilities. One of the things that I encourage everyone to understand is the “People First Language.” Instead of a learning disabled student, we say, “a student with a learning disability.” We are all people first. The disability does not define the person. Also, I prefer to think of a disability as a unique ability. I think your blog and work on it is fantastic. Keep up the great work.