February 24, 2014 § 3 Comments
I watched the video below today of Amiee Mullen and wow it inspired me on so many levels. I have seen her give a similar talk before(I actually believe it’s the extended version of this talk) and I was thinking about her ideas today and how they align with the idea of having to label our kids for special education.
I thoroughly understand why we have to label students, so that in the special education system there are standards. BUT I think it sucks that our children must be labeled as “disabled” in order to receive special education services. I think it’s horrible that children must fit into a category about how they are disabled whether it’s health, neurological, Autism etc.
Amiee Mullen in a different video discusses the definition of disabled through the use of synonyms. She discussed how she looked up synonyms for the word disabled and it floored her. I did the same here is what I found:
Synonyms: broken-down, confined, decrepit, disarmed, hamstrung, handicapped, helpless, hurt, incapable, infirm, laid-up, lame, maimed, out-of-action, out-of-commission, paralyzed, powerless, run-down, sidelined, stalled, weakened, worn-out, wounded, wrecked
Wow!!! Upsetting right?! I personally don’t see my daughter as any of these things, as a matter of fact, I see her as the total opposite – as discussed in the video below adversity has become her opportunity. She has learned to overcome her limitations where she can and build on her strengths, despite her public education and lack of those people who want to try to “fix what is broken”.
We need to remember our children are not disabled although the education system has labeled them this way. We need teachers to see that our child instead has opportunity to develop an ability to shine in a way that is “not standard” but likely more beautiful and worthwhile in the end than what is considered typical!