Imagine someone not being able to attend work or school, not for lack of interest or commitment, but due to obstacles beyond his or her control that prevent opportunities to learn, grow, and pursue passions.
Accessibility in education is a critical issue at present, one which impacts children in far-reaching ways throughout our country’s school systems. A lack of accommodations for individuals with special needs like cerebral palsy prevents students from experiences that enrich and enhance their lives, allowing them to achieve their full potential in following their dreams.
Obstacles such as a lack of elevators, space to navigate, and assistive devices impact these students and result in stark inequality when compared to the experiences afforded to their peers. This fuels the fire of “ableism”, a judgmental framework undermining the abilities of those with special needs.
Instead, people must embrace and celebrate the differences that each person has, seeing abilities in a new light. Taking action on behalf of all children would result in funding and accessibility in schools for equal opportunity and the establishment of a foundation not only of tolerance but of integration and celebration.
Visit the Conductive Education Center of Orlando to learn more about how environments created with a vision for accessibility change lives of participants and families. In following the example of inclusive organizations, it is indeed possible to strengthen this movement and realize lasting change.