Communicating on your own is truly how I define being self sufficient and independent. My professional motto is getting students to the level of communicating efficiently and independently in order to increase their chances of having a better life. When I see doctors or attend a student’s team meeting I communicate independently with my aide in the background. Communication is the key to the to creating a better life for ones self and more importantly they will be able to stand up for their rights when people try to abuse them.
I went to school for a degree in Women Studies and Sociology which helps me understand children’s rights in the public schools. Under current laws every child has the right to public education and the district has to provide children with all of the necessary essentials they need to succeed. When I was little I had a fantastic team who demanded that I be placed in regular classes. As soon as a parent or a professional can sense that a student has “normal intellectual abilities” I strongly urge them to put the pupil in general education. I believe that because my device has assisted me with communication I had the ability to demonstrate my intellectual abilities.
The individual will grow up with the same expectations as an able bodied adult. The communication system will give her or him a lot of opportunities for a life in which will be fulfilling and normal. I am that locked-in person who without my device on people assume is intellectually disabled but as soon as aides connect my device people quickly understands that I am like them.
A locked-in individual has the potential to earn degrees and hold a job they love. I do not judge a client before they have their device on because I have no information without talking with the pupil first. As professionals in the disabled realm you cannot afford to take a client at face value. Students with severe physical and speech differences are most of the time at the top of their class. If my readers take anything away from my blogs, take this away, your clients are just children who need devices to assist them in having their own voice in society.
Until next time, enjoy your children.