Encourage the California Department of Education, On Disability Awareness Classes

Encourage the California Department of Education, On Disability Awareness Classes

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Selina Soriano started this petition to U.S. Department of Education and

When people see babies in the hospital they see it as their happiest time in people's lives. However, my birth story was the exact opposite.


When I was born, the warmth and love of a  mother was not the first thing I felt., While everyone around felt nothing but happiness, for my arrival,I was being rushed to the ICU. I came two months early, I wasn’t fully developed,  I was diagnosed with a disability called “cerebral palsy”. I had to stay in the hospital for two months where my parents could only touch me through a NICU.


Growing up I had difficulty walking, questioning if I could ever walk, but after physical therapy for years  I walk in a crouched position and I use a walker for assistance.I tried to live normal, as if nothing was wrong.As much as I liked to say my disability didn’t affect me , and say I lived a normal life just like anyone else, but I would be lying.


Going to school I never really understood what it meant having a disability. And when I had struggles I felt alone, the issues I faced daily didn’t seem like a big deal to my friends. But now that I’m older I now realize I am not alone, because About 19% of the US population has a disability, which is about 1 in 5 people; 15% of the world’s population has a form of disability.  


More than 20 million people ages 18 and older having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs, In 2015, representing 7.1% of the civilians non-institutional population” (Bialik, 2017 ). A disability either affects upper or the lower part of the body;each disability is different depending on the person,therefore each person will have different health needs. This is important because there is certain assistance or equipment to function on a daily basis. “ Those who are disabled at an early age may spend years struggling to find acceptance with their peers and teachers, have difficulty forming new relationships, have trouble transitioning to adulthood and finally landing a job”


This was tested in an everyday average class, “Researchers have found that disability awareness programs at schools have led young children to gain empathy and have positive attitudes. This particular attitude then further grows on an individual, making them better citizens as they mature. Another great aspect of disability awareness at school is that the classrooms are more inclusive and diverse which allows a student to learn more from his/her peers” (Shigiri,2018).

 

In order to stop the rise of disability discrimination, there needs to be legislated education and awareness on disabilities and what they go through. It is necessary for faculty, students, and possibly even parents to be taught .  The California Department of Education will create a policy in which an education program throughout public and charter schools will be made a requirement by law to have these classes implemented in schools, if we can convince them. These classes will be taught in California throughout middle school and high school They would be taught about a specific disability each month, where it would be informational but also embrace having a disability, for a minimum of a 2 years, between middle and high school.

 

This is happening to the young people of California, it is important to put an end to the epidemic of disability discrimination, and help  with assistance as rapidly as possible through the help of state government funded education. In the U.S students with disabilities, Among kids ages 5 to 17, those with at least one developmental disability face twice the odds of being deemed chronically absent, a label given to students who miss 15 or more days of school within a single year (Heasley).

 


There is currently no law or policy mandating disability education, and awareness  in the state of California despite significant evidence that it could bring a lot more money to the nation, when it comes to the amount of school youth misses for having disability (that could happen for various reasons).  Teaching kids at a young age will make them educated adults. Sometimes people do not know what can classify as rude terms towards a disability, but they just do not know and they have questions.

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