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I am a third and fourth grade teacher, a grad student, and a mother of a daughter with special needs. (LD, expressive speech and language, ADHD) She will be in my classroom this upcoming school year in our private school.
I need to do a project for my grad class, Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities. The project is supposed to incorporate what we learn in class into our classroom. I decided that I would like to come up with ways to help my students learn to be accepting of other students with special needs. (I guess that it's an anti-bullying plan written in a positive light.)
From your experiences, what has been done, or what would like to see be done in order to have classmates be more accepting of students with special needs?
I believe since budget cuts are so rampant that mainstreaming will increase and that only causes to undermine the childs development that much more.I think if school districts are going to spend money allocated for special ed students on other issues then they have to be willing to take the grunt of law suits and rebellion.Our own Government is exploiting the fact that we need them more then we want to .If were all maximizing our potential and policing ourselves of a moral and ethics code worthy of a equal society which obviously we don't live under.Then our Government will continue to bank on literally and figuratively that we live lives of submissiveness and underachievement.Frankly I'm more ashamed of being an American then I will ever be of my disability.Frankly its what keeps me humbled and sane and pushes me not to take my successes for granted even in the presence of a Government and society that is soul impaired and ethically challenged.