Special education was not always seen as an option and children with disabilities often suffered the fate of being forgotten members of society. Throughout history, children with different abilities gained rights to a fair education and treatment in society. Physical disabilities were wrongly viewed as limiting a person’s mental abilities. Laws were passed securing proper treatment and education for students with special needs. The Civil Rights movement is remembered most for racial equality, however, this era also sparked the accelerated progress for people with special needs as well.
Valinda Hinkey SPE 226 March 7, 2012 Betty Cokeley Attitude, Legislation and Litigation Prior to the mid 60’s and early 70’s education looked really bleak for individuals with disabilities. There were instances when individuals with disabilities and their families were discriminated against until they became more vocal and politically active. It took court decisions and efforts by the legislature before positive changes of how America would treat individuals with disabilities (Inclusion: The Pros and Cons, 2012). Social Implications - It is important to build a social understanding of disabilities in order to marginalize or eliminate the negative attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. Attitudes are often defined as moods, behavior, and thought processes combined with beliefs and feelings (Hannon, 2009).
This is simply not the case; children are often provided with lots of support especially if they have a more severe form of autism. When they move into adult services it can be a big shock to the family when they see their support budget is usually reduced quite significantly. The transition stage is very difficult time as most people with ASD do not like change. For those who are able to and would like to work, actually finding work is not easy, this is mainly due to a lack of knowledge and understanding by the employer. There needs to more training available for both the employer and other employees to enable them to work with and offer the person with autism to hold down a job.
From witnessing such a strong and powerful period, Generation Xs’ views will no longer contain as much ignorance towards other races, religions, and minorities; this generation passed on the same view points of acceptance and equality to their children. Generation X also provides the younger generations with good traditions and respect that they had learned from their parents who were Baby Boomers. However, Generation X was able to break down the traditions to less of an extreme state compared to what they were 80 years ago.
Patrick Bissett Ajit Dhillon The Evolution of Prosthetics Since the beginning of time, people have encountered things along their lives that “got the best of them,” and in some cases, the “best of them” included a limb. After suffering such an injury, said person’s life would never be the same. The adaptation to a life without a limb would not only be strenuous on the body, but mentally exhausting as well. Luckily for these people, society figured out solution to this problem fairly early on in the course of history. Although easier in theory than in reality, the solution was that of simply attaching a replacement limb to account for some, if not all, of the functions lost.
These numbers are surprisingly high; however a vast majority of students are not receiving the help they need to deal with these major disabilities. In fact, another study states that “three out of four American students would be unwilling to ask for help even if they were certain they needed it, because they perceive mental illness as embarrassing or shameful.” In conclusion, the best thing the media can do to help those of us with disabilities is to make everyone comfortable and enlightened that we all may succumb to one form of disability at one time in our life and more than likely already know someone who is dealing with it around us. As Nancy Mairs said in her essay, “achieving this integration, for disabled and able-bodied people alike, requires
The truth of the matter is that is not always the case, think about how many children are born into unstable families born into the street life or those abandoned by those who cannot care for a child. They had no control over what they were born into; as I previously stated, war veterans who fought to protect this country who have developed psychological issues that deter them away from maintaining in everyday American life. The negative bias around this population is unfair and unjust; even though this group may receive more attention than some special populations, this is a demographic that needs all the help they can
Attitude, Legislation, and Litigation Special education has come a long way since the 1950’s. Prior to the inception of the Individual with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) students with disabilities were lucky to get an education and if they did it was usually due to their parents’ home schooling them and if they were lucky enough not to have been institutionalized. Children with disabilities were looked at as lesser beings and were treated as a dirty secret or an embarrassment by society quite often. These children were denied educational opportunities that would have provided them with the skills to lead productive and rewarding lives. The National Association for Retarded Children was founded in the 1950’s and wanted to ensure that people or children with disabilities were provided with adequate medical care, social services and education (Hardman, Drew, & Egan, 2011).
We need to consider other impacting factors such as, age, family circumstances, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality. (Sauvre and Bartlett, 2010) Much of the research suggests that disabled children face many unparalleled discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis and many of the theories, models and approaches to disability over the last 2 decades have proved problematic and restrictive from the point of view of research and the children themselves. Older theories seem to focus on what a disabled child cannot do, rather than what they can. Theories should be child led and encourage disabled children to tell us how disability affects them. (Clarke, 1993) This can be achieved through the advanced health and social care professions listening to them and working together to combine their skills and experience with the progression of rehabilitation and assistive technology.
Planning for the future of the disabled is an exhausting necessity. There are numerous agencies to help ease the stress of estate planning for the disabled. Disabled Child, Aging Parents, Uncertain Future “Your child is disabled,” is a sentence foreign to many. But for those whom have experienced a doctor’s diagnosis in which their child’s name and disability are in the same sentence, life changes. A parent’s role is to take care of their children until they are old enough to take care of themselves.