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Date Posted: 23:06:50 01/06/11 Thu
I am curious to hear from all the people who work in schools. I have always wondered, though through my family of teachers and my own experience as an substitute teacher, how common is it that schools discriminate against students with learning disabilities.
1. Does the discrimination from the the head of the school board or Principal and trickles down, as if people are ordered not to accommodate properly.
2. Or, do you think it is the school Disability Department that makes these decisions and are not influenced by their superiors?
3. Do, you think it is the Disabilities own act to discriminate, or they dont care, or they just dont know the students rights and how to accommodate them?
4. Do, you think it is the disability Departments job to know these things, to accommodate the students and not the teachers' responsibility?
5. Do you think the school is passively aggressive toward students with disabilities, and in what way?
6. Or, do you think the school is actively aggressive toward students with disabilities, and in what way?
7. Do you feel the school tries hard to accommodate but just does not know how?
8. Or, do you think the school uses a buddy system as to mean I am your friend and very nice to you, but I dont know what I can do to help you, but that is all right because I know you can do it type of approach?
9. If you have also experienced anything else I had not thought to mention here, I would appreciate you sharing.
I can say fist hand that my mother a teacher of mine through high school did not know what could be dont to assist me. I honestly did not know if the school even addressed disabilities. From my other family members I have heard them say it is an inconvenience, or it is the students fault for being lazy and not trying. As a student in college, I have heard countless teachers say it is not their job but the Disability Departments job to accommodate. When talking to the Disability Departments in college, they would say they have no responsibility to know the students right, or how to accommodate them specifically and individually. When trying to complain to the schools, they are more interested in trying to explain any wrong doing of the school rather than address and correct it. Much of this is done by passing the buck and saying it is not their job to know, it is someone else's, that they are fully confident the Disability Department is doing all they can and are fully knowledgeable even when they Disability Department clearly argues against having such responsibility, do not know all the laws that pertain to the disable, and are constantly misquoting the law to mean what they want it to by taking it out of context, and falsely representing what the law actually saids. And,one of my favorites is how they will try to belittle me as to say because I am disabled that it negates any rights that I have.