School started this week. In an elementary classoom there were some parents chatting as the students settled in.
It was in this classroom, my co-worker overheard a parent say to another parent something in the way of, “ohhh, so it looks like ‘those’ students will be in here too.” ‘Those’ students would be the ones impacted by a variety of disabilities.
Do people really feel that way? Isn’t this 2008? Have those fortunate families not (yet) been effected by a disability? So shallow, so heartless, so unbelievable.
So often we hear that the child with special needs can learn so much by being intergrated with typical peers. Yet, some people forget what typical people can learn from those with special needs; far more than any character education program or school-wide ‘acceptance’ schpeel.
Outrage and sadness.