Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - The au­thor is Mas­ter Teacher I at Betis High School MARISA M. AVILA

Ed­u­ca­tion is a bridge to a suc­cess­ful life. Af­ter achiev­ing the stu­dent’s diploma, a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties knocks that could open the doors to a greener pas­ture. But what priv­i­lege and con­sid­er­a­tion is given to stu­dents with im­paired mo­bil­ity in terms of ed­u­ca­tion to be­come pro­fes­sional and suc­cess­ful that could help them achieve a bet­ter life? Im­paired mo­bil­ity is the lim­ited phys­i­cal move­ment of the body like lower limbs am­pu­ta­tion, mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, post-po­lio syn­drome, ac­quired spinal in­jury and other hered­i­tary in­jury. Most of­ten, a de­vise is use to as­sist them in walk­ing or can be use if walk­ing is im­pos­si­ble. Con­sid­er­ing their con­di­tion, who will sup­port them in meet­ing their goal to fin­ish their ed­u­ca­tion?

Firstly, par­ents play an im­por­tant role in in­spir­ing these chil­dren to go to school. The prob­lem with proper trans­porta­tion for the stu­dents’ safety should be given at­ten­tion. Sec­ondly, the school should give as­sis­tance in mak­ing these stu­dents com­fort­able and con­ve­nient in go­ing to their class­room by means of pre­par­ing a spe­cial room for them prefer­ably on the ground floor in the ab­sence of ramp. And lastly, a sup­port from the gov­ern­ment like pro­grams on how they could en­cour­age chil­dren with im­paired mo­bil­ity to at­tend their school­ing. Once en­cour­aged, a con­tin­u­ous help and mon­i­tor­ing should be done un­til the com­ple­tion of the pro­gram.

I know a stu­dent at present who is study­ing with mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy that is be­ing trans­ported with his wheel­chair. The stu­dent con­tin­u­ously faces chal­lenges of life with the help of his sup­port­ive and lov­ing par­ents. What comes next school year? At what school will this stu­dent en­rol that has a spe­cial room like in the ground floor that is free from in­jury to fin­ish his ed­u­ca­tion? Are we go­ing to help or ig­nore one’s dream?

--oOo— The au­thor is Teacher II at San­tos Ven­tura Na­tional High School-SHS

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