On Inclusivity

The thought of people–with disabilities or none–learning together excites The PWD Forum more than ever!

The idea, which was initiated by The Teacher’s Gallery, would be discussed in a conference next year. Its another purpose is to bring together teachers, education administrators, advocates, businesses and politicians for the first time for this purpose.

“We are people like them and that with the right support, we are capable of learning and bettering ourselves and contributing to society just like persons without disabilities,” shared Benjamin Almeda-Lopez, special project officer of The Teacher’s Gallery, in an email.

For all those good intentions, however, The PWD Forum still would rather wait if inclusive education would result in a just society for PWDs and non-PWDs alike.

“There are many benefits to inclusion of students with disabilities in ‘normal’ schools,” Almeda-Lopez added. “For one, the students without disabilities are able to interact with PWDs on a daily basis.”

This interaction, if successful, can help PWDs—particularly the children—develop greater belief in themselves, Almeda-Lopez further argued. Every Filipino would have the same opportunities, too, preventing “alienating and disadvantaging PWD students socially, academically and emotionally.”

But this would just give “normal” people a reason to feel that they’re better that their counterparts. Worse, the former may also think that they are just handing favors to PWDs that are in their school.

The PWD Forum is pushing for the integration of special education in the basic and secondary curriculum in the country. It has reiterated that after The PWD Forum turned one in the blogosphere and even after it turned two. The PWD Forum has also made a case on the necessity, benefit, and practicality of sign language if only it is taught to every one.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.” ~ Jim Jeffords

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of teach.org

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