Friday, September 7, 2012
Connect-Ability's student editorial board members found in a survey they conducted in 2011 that the majority of people they interviewed first encountered someone with a disability in school. Yet despite school being a place of education, they learned very little about disability there. Such things were simply not taught or even spoken of despite so many children having mental, emotional, physical or medical disabilities. Many teachers do not talk to their students about disabilities. Their silence prevents students from learning about and understanding disabilities. It also makes them feel that disability isn't an issue worth addressing. The most successful teachers who have helped students blossom have been those who worked hard to understand disabilities as well as how to properly work with students who are disabled. They are patient and never belittle their students and they teach children ways to work around their disability.