Can Speech Challenged Students Get an Appropriate Education?

This is so amazingly articulated. Everyone has the ability to learn, and it is the barriers of society that have taught us to presume otherwise. The solution is not a denial of disability, nor is it a denial of competence. The solution, as Emma articulates beautifully, is the realization that the basic human right to communicate and learn applies to everyone, regardless of their neurology or method of communication. Schools must learn to adjust to the needs of students, rather than attempting to fit them into boxes of any sort.

Emma's Hope Book

     What would you do if the whimper in your heart could not find the right words to speak? What if you couldn’t control the things you felt compelled to say, even if you knew those who heard you would not understand? Speaking is not an accurate reflection of my intelligence. Typing is a better method for me to convey my thinking, but it is laborious and exhausting. So what is to be done with someone like me? Is it better to put students like myself, of which there are many, in a segregated school or classroom, is inclusion the better option or is there another answer? I was believed not capable enough to attend a regular school, nor was I able to prove this assumption wrong. In an ideal world these questions would not need to be asked because a diagnosis of autism would not lead to branding a person as less than or inferior. Those who…

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