For people who care for children with disabilities …
Discrimination comes in all forms. I know we all probably face challenges like this everyday but this got me thinking about the discrimination that goes on in our schools.
Why is the use of Assistive Technology still limited to only a few kids—kids who have no alternatives because of a physical disability, or kids with learning disabilities so severe that they have failed time and time again? Some administrators and educators have a wrong perception about AT, just like a few of those kids had a wrong perception about what Jack could do on those monkey bars. I challenge you to get the educators and administrators in your school district excited about the opportunities that widespread, unrestricted use of assistive technology can provide!
Let’s face it, as adults (many of us in the working-world) WE USE assistive technologies all the time—spellcheckers, calculators, on-line utilities, etc. Those things make us faster and more efficient. Why does AT then carry such a stigma in the education environment? How many kids could improve their performance and productivity if they were given unrestricted access to tools that supplement skill deficits that may never get “fixed”? Just think, if you worked in a place that had only one email or Internet account, would anyone be emailing or doing research on the web?
Watch our new video The Case Against Assistive Technology, which responds to the objections to AT use in the classroom and makes a case FOR AT.
Til next time,
PS. Did you know that October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month? Check out the Buddy Walk site. You can find a Buddy Walk near you if you are interested. There are 5 in Illinois alone! Click on the Walkers link to find out more and read great stories.
Here are some recent photos of Jack and Jase!