I agree, Julie, that kids who are blind or deaf but not develomentally challenged could and should be mainstreamed. I think that's good for both that child and the non-disabled children. I don't think we had any blind children and any of my children's schools from K - 12, but we did have several deaf kids in the various years I worked at the middle school, including one who was born deaf and therefore had some speech difficulties. They were mainstreamed and gotr along very well; they were also very bright. We also had a young lady who was extremely short. I can't really say that she was a little person, because her height, I think, was a function of whatever disease it was that she had--which unfortunately meant that she would--and did, die very young--while she was still in middle school. She was very popular with everybody and did very well in school. Her only problem was getting to classes on time, since our school is spread over quite a wide campus and required a lot of walking. She solved that problem by leaving her classes abou 5 minutes early and hurrying. After she died, the next year her brother, with the same condition, started missle school. I think having children with disabilities, even mentally developmental ones in certain non-academic classes, is a good thing for the "normal" kids. They learn what the other kids are capable of and develop understanding, not pity or, as some of you have told not rudeness or fear or insensitivity. Cindy -- Julie Morales <mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Hi, Cindy. It's interesting. There are two sides to > every coin, of course. > My husband was educated in California, and the > school system he attended put > all blind students in a self-contained classroom. > This infuriated me. I'm > all for self-containment when a student needs it for > whatever reason, but > nothing makes me more upset than to hear kids are > forced into that kind of > sheltered environment for no other reason than that > people just don't know > how to deal with them so figure it'll be easier to > have them all in one > place. My husband grew up not knowing how to > interact with sighted kids, not > socializing with them. Besides that, he was > academically deprived, and when > he takes college courses, he's taking academic > development classes...things > he should have learned in high school but didn't. I > think the academic > development classes are great, but when he's forced > to take them just > because he wasn't properly taught when he should > have been...don't get me > started on the educational slights we sometimes go > through! *grin* Take > care. > Julie Morales > To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you need > to be in their lives > today. -- Unknown > mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx > Windows/MSN Messenger (but not email): > mercy0421@xxxxxxxxxxx > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> > To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 3:55 AM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Insensitive parents > > > I just can't understand parents who are insensitive > and/or unaware of their children's needs and > feelings. > I know you love your parents and realize that they > love you, but ... At least you won't be that way > with > your own children or with others. > > It's not just parents of children who are blind or > have limited vision or perhaps other disabilities. I > had a friend--college-educated and then later an > author of children's books--who you would think > would > know better--but when we were together once I heard > her get angry and tell her son that she wished he'd > never been born. How could she not know how that > would hurt a child. > > And speaking of hurting children, here in > California, > I hear there is a move afoot--I think it's already > being implemented--to mainstream special-ed kids. > That's fine for kids who are not "slow"--who may > have > physical disabilities but who are equal mentally > with > others in the regular classes, but children, > especially of the middle-school age, who need > special > help because of learning disabilites--how must they > feel being in a class where they can't compete with > the other children, of where they have an aide > helping > them when the other children don't. I think they'd > feel much more comfortable getting the specials help > they need in a classroom with others who are also > getting help, and with a teacher who knows how to > teach them and how to instigate feelings of > self-worth. > > Forgive me, please, for sounding off. After talking > about being sensitive to others' feelings, here I am > castigating parents. > > Cindy > > > > __________________________________ > Yahoo! FareChase: Search multiple travel sites in > one click. > http://farechase.yahoo.com > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of > available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in > the subject line. > > > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the > word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > __________________________________ Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. 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