DREAM COME THROUGH…
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