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Our next step toward equality is accessibility in education

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.

 

Top four tips for making a difference through community engagement

Have you ever wanted to make a difference but not known where to begin? Our world faces many challenges and times of struggle that raise uncertainties about our place and role in society. As individuals, we have more power than we believe, and it is up to each one of us to channel the potential that lies within.

When we join together, our impact becomes far-reaching. In this video, I will discuss the top four ways you can create positive change through community engagement. Whether it be an independent goal, a family commitment, or a city-wide undertaking, community engagement can become a part of your lifestyle that is both rewarding and transformative for yourself and others.

The ways to become involved in your community can be within your reach and aligned with your passions. Choose to donate your time through volunteering, or contribute money, goods, or services. Educate others about a cause or mission and spread awareness about the organizations that advocate for those causes. Participate in advocacy efforts to create change through legislation, practices individuals engage in, and encourage others to join in and support the efforts in their own way. Join us as we explore these available options that fit your lifestyle and interests.

Volunteer Match is a wonderful resource that supports this very mission and emphasizes the many ways that we can choose to join the movement to do good. If you want to be the change the world needs to see, you can start today. Begin within your community to become engaged in making a difference; discover what speaks to you.

Sherwin Nuland’s TED talk explores the extraordinary power of ordinary people to inspire us to act

Sherwin Nuland shares his insight on the power of the ordinary person in healing others at his February, 2003 TED Talk presentation, The extraordinary power of ordinary people, in Monterey, California.

The power to change the world lies within each one of us, and it is up to us to act upon this truth every day. Sherwin Nuland is an experienced surgeon and also a writer who combines his unique expertise and passions to share captivating and credible motivation in his TED talk, “The extraordinary power of ordinary people”. His wisdom is striking in simplicity and relevance.

We must believe we can accomplish the extraordinary, rather than limiting ourselves with the fallacy that we are merely ordinary people without the means to influence our world in far-reaching ways. Believing in ourselves allows us to make the change the world needs today, in the realms of hope, healing, and humanity.

Hippocrates wisely stated, “Where there is love of humankind, there is love of healing”. It’s up to us to believe and begin, to meet passion with action and make a change. Start small, begin within yourself. To learn more about ordinary superheroes in our central Florida community, visit Conductive Education Center of Orlando.