Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders myths start out of a need for understanding
We know people with similar characteristics and think we know “this group.”
Think about it. Take all the complexities of you. Then mix all of your experiences, your heritage, and all of your quirks.
Of course, a box won’t work.
The same holds true for someone with a disability. They are a unique human being. They happen to also be living with autism spectrum disorder as well.
Disability Means You Are Not Smart
People With Disabilities Are Most Comfortable With Other People With Disabilities
Well sure, sometimes. Most people like to hang around with others who are like them.
Again the bottom line here is loving all the good times and memories you share, just like any friendship.
Students With Disabilities Should Be In Their Own Classrooms
(IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities Act says that students with disabilities should be in the least restrictive environment (lre).
Students with a disability need to be with their peer group for as much of the school day as possible.
For example, students going to another class one time a day for extra help to being out of the regular classroom for most classes.
A special education teacher can also work in the regular classroom to give help to the students with disabilities.
Special Education Accommodations Give An Unfair Advantage
There needs to be room for everyone to succeed. Also, education is about opening doors, minds, and opportunities.
Special education accommodations provide assistance where there is a need. Whenever the needed supports are in place the teacher can step aside and encourage the student to work up to their ability.
People With Disabilities Don't Have A Fulfilling Life
Disabled individuals can work towards plans, goals, and dreams.
Colleges, technical programs, and jobs are available for people with a variety of abilities.
While some equipment such as a wheelchair, lift, and adaptive equipment is necessary, with an established disability the cost is often covered through insurance or other assistance programs.
However, extensive and expensive equipment are seldom needed to educate or employ individuals with disabilities.
A disability defines one aspect of someone’s life.
Identify the person first with all of their uniqueness, personality patchwork, and combination of history and experiences that create the person that they are.
Labels are tricky. Often we require diagnosis or label to receive services for a particular disability.
Don’t confuse an individual with those criteria though. Every person has various labels that describe the parts of who they are.
A person is the sum of all their experiences and unique traits.