In­clu­sion of spe­cial needs kids ben­e­fits every­one

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RE: Donal Mor­ris’ let­ter to the editor on Wed­nes­day, June 28.

Mr Mor­ris, your knowl­edge on the topic is just as old as the school­ing tech­niques used when “you were a boy”.

Re­gard­less of how you look at Pauline was bla­tantly wrong.

To ob­jec­tify chil­dren with autism and spe­cial needs is stu­pid­ity.

As a teacher who works in a nor­mal 21st cen­tury class­room, I see and deal with mul­ti­ple chil­dren with ADD, ODD and mul­ti­ple strands of ASD ( or autism) ev­ery day.

What you de­scribed, Mr Mor­ris, was out­dated school­ing tech­niques which no longer ex­ist, and you your­self even it, stated that how the child you deemed had un­di­ag­nosed autism was treated may have been wrong but how were teach­ers to know back then?

A lot of time, money and re­search has gone into the in­clu­sion of chil­dren with needs that didn’t al­ways fit into our con­ven­tional school­ing systems, to now both in­clude and as­sist chil­dren with mul­ti­ple strands of autism.

You can’t tell me that a red- headed woman from Ip­swich, who made fish and chips for a liv­ing and some­how coaxed her way into a po­si­tion of power, has the knowl­edge or ed­u­ca­tion to know what is right for these kids.

These chil­dren are hard work, I’m the first to ad­mit it, some days leav­ing me ex­hausted be­yond the point of tears.

But ex­tra as­sis­tance is what they need, not to be all marched to­gether like Hitler did with the Jews to a con­cen­tra­tion camp.

In­clu­sion is the key be­cause these chil­dren don’t need to be made to feel any more dif­fer­ent than they do ev­ery other day. In­clu­sion is the key be­cause what they don’t pick up from the teacher they are of­ten as­sisted with by the other stu­dents.

And most im­por­tantly, in­clu­sion is the key be­cause hav­ing kids with spe­cial needs helps your chil­dren grow into bet­ter peo­ple. It teaches them pa­tience, helps their learn­ing by teach­ing what they know to other chil­dren and most im­por­tantly, it teaches them to re­alise that every­one is dif­fer­ent in their own way but still needs to be treated equally.

That’s right, to make a pos­i­tive out of a neg­a­tive; autism and spe­cial needs make peo­ple hu­man.

I truly sym­pa­thise for the peo­ple who have the same feel­ings as Pauline, be­cause those types of peo­ple are the ones hold­ing the hu­man race back from ac­cept­ing peo­ple for their dis­abil­i­ties, skin colour or re­li­gion. Just re­mem­ber, in­clu­sion is key.

P. SHAW, Her­mit Park.

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