Fair education is not every child getting the same education, fair education is every child getting what they need in order to be educated!
Education for Special-need Children
Creating education for special-need children is nothing but personalizing education according to an individual’s needs. It helps the differently able students to learn with ease and at their own comfortable pace. Every child is different hence may beseech different ways of learning. The program and resources for every child may need to be individualized to tap the extremely valuable intrinsic potential of every precious person.
Most of us picture children with disabilities spending the day tucked away in a different kind of classroom, wantonly separated from their immensely impactful peers. Though, this may have been true in the past but in recent times special education has categorically transformed for the better. Today special education is more focused on helping children learn with the so called disabilities without segregating them from others. In fact they are mostly taught along with their so called non-disabled colleagues. It is only after the regular class that they go to resource room to work with a qualified and specially trained teacher on developing those valuable skills that they so painfully lack. Today rarely are they taught in different schools meant only for them. Normally these services can be provided in the same schools in different ways in different settings. There is no one size fits all approach to special education. It is ‘Bespoke’ to meet each student’s needs and ability. The specialist who works with your child will focus on her strengths as well as her challenges.
Failure of a nation to provide fair education for every child is dangerous and disastrous. Every individual and child has a fundamental right to good quality education and career prospects. Unfortunately children who are differently-able suffer more due to biased discrimination. As children are young innocent this discrimination leaves them rejected, helpless, and dejected, and they further become weak, dependent and incompetent. Mental disability is one of the least identified, yet one of the most potent educational discriminator. Our focus has to be on bringing out the students from this darkness in to the light of hope, quality and prosperity. Our laws and policy need to be continuously monitored, modified and acted on. We need to take an overview of existing laws and policies and identify the gaps as well as opportunities. At any cost we need to further the rights of children with disabilities.
We must not take advantage of the word disability as a prejudice towards any child. Every child has the same right towards living a dignified, decent and satisfying life. If need be he/she should be provided with unhindered special care, education, healthcare and employment opportunities.
Giving such opportunities is easier said than done. It is easier to say than provide equal rights to all children, irrespective of their state of mind and body. It is easier said than to put a child’s interest above the rest of the policies and personal principles. It is easier said than to allow these children with disabilities to express themselves freely, and to respond to their feelings and rights. It is easier said than to make available total protection to such a child in order to let him/her lead a stately and socially active life. It is the responsibility of ever responsible citizen of the nation to provide such children with unhindered care, education and employment opportunity, so that they by and large achieve their potential to function as a contributing member in the society.
Some of the common disabilities covered under special education are, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Intellectually Challenged etc.
My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically. – Stephen Hawking