Schools Struggle to Educate the Severely Disabled: from N.Y. Times, Sunday, June 20, 2010
The article states; inclusion “indicates a level of hope for parents, and the absence of hope is deadly,” said David Rose, the founder of CAST, a national organization that works to expand learning opportunities for students with disabilities. “It’s an awkward period,” Mr. Rose said, in talking about the education of children with the most severe cognitive disabilities. “Because we know what we are doing is not right, and we often don’t talk about things when we don’t know what we are doing about them yet.”
This story reminds me of long-ago when Nato was in the Infant Stimulation Class, for babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities. One child, deeply disabled and age 4, remained in the class with his mother attending him. She believed he understood her, communicated with her on a non-spoken level. We wondered, some in disbelief. Who’s to say? But that mother committed herself to hope.
“We are so focused on teaching them skills, we don’t focus on the emotional part of the child,” said Rosanne K. Silberman, graduate teacher preparation in severe disabilities and blindness at Hunter College. “You want them to be happy. You want to be about working on showing this kid that he’s a worthwhile human being.”
Also reported in an op-ed piece; [Rand] “Paul has called for the elimination of the Department of Education, the Federal Reserve and the Americans with Disabilities Act.” A pox on him!
Okay, I’m going back to the work of my art. I’ve had enough of the news, for today at least.