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Catherine the Great: Toot Toot! (hideinatoaster) wrote,
@ 2005-11-30 12:22:00
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    Current mood: accomplished
    Current music:Ricky Martin*Lola, Lola

    I interviewed myself for my mum's paper; here's what happened.

    The person I chose to interview is an 18-year-old female. She has a brother with a disability. He is visually impaired, meaning he has very limited vision. For the majority of his life, she feels that he has been a bit of a pariah because of the ignorance of others. Being the last born, she also feels that he has been somewhat sheltered because of his birth order more than his disability.

    His disability has not really affected the family constellation to a great extent, as his siblings and relatives all have the same problem to some degree. He is seen by them as no different. There are, in fact, some benefits to his disability. Thanks to the Variety Club, he gets to go to events for the disabled such as Sesame Place and dinners and things like that. It is society that presents him with difficulties.

    For the majority of elementary school and part of middle school, he attended a special school called St. Lucy’s in Upper Darby. They facilitate students with many disabilities, including mental retardation and total blindness. Being as his impairment is what they deemed to be “borderline”, or not as serious as the other students, he was forced to leave the school and transferred to a public school. His low vision prevents him from doing things like the other students. His handwriting has been impacted by it; there was a time when the public school loaned him a laptop computer so he could type his notes instead of write them. He has been left back a grade because of it; the lack of specialized and personalized teaching has been detrimental to his learning process. The other students also create troubles for him as far as school is concerned.

    The lack of proper education about disabilities among his classmates has been a source of ridicule on his behalf. They make fun of him because his glasses are so thick. They tease him because of the facial expressions he makes while trying to focus on and see things. He has been bullied extensively and even beaten up a few times simply because he can not see as well as other children.

    She and her other siblings wish that there was something they could do to stop the social abuse from happening, but alas, there is no cure for discrimination and prejudice. In fact, this is the only detrimental affect his disability has had on their family. They have had to deal with the stress and grief of having their disadvantaged sibling being tormented by others.

    She feels that there needs to be education in schools about people with disabilities. Children need to be taught that the disabled are just like everyone else, they’re simply different. They function like everyone else, feel pain and pleasure, sorrow and joy; the only thing separating them from the majority is something they were born with. It’s no different than hair color or height. She feels that the nation in general is far too close-minded for all the diversity that exists within it.

    It is quite apparent that when dealing with children with disabilities, be they physical or mental, one must also take into account the feelings and needs of the other members of the family. In order for the assistance and care provided to the disabled individual to be effective, one must also take into account the other family members’ thoughts and feelings.

    DAMN that's a good paper.

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