Shadowing Someone Episode 5 “Inclusion”

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My Fifth Week in Jean Vanier was to focus on Inclusion. What is inclusion? Inclusion is a term used by people with disabilities and other disability rights advocates for the idea that all people should freely, openly and without pity accommodate any person with a disability without restrictions or limitations of any kind. Although disability rights have historically existed as a relatively cohesive movement, the movement centered on inclusion has only recently begun to take shape and to position itself in the eye of the general public. This is one of the strengths of Vanier. Technically, Vanier shares a building with another school named St. Augustine. In addition, at least once a week students in St. Augustine go to Jean Vanier to read books to children and tell them what they learned. I think Vanier believes Inclusion their top priority. Vanier is an alternative school for children with disabilities. Although they don’t admit students with no disabilities, Vanier serves to “protect” students from people who lack proper understanding of their current conditions. They believe that everyone has the right to be educated and be accepted in society. This is why schools like Vanier are established to “protect” the disabled from exclusions of today’s modern society. Based on my observations, Vanier teaches students differently compared to regular high school. Why? It is because most of Vanier’s students are not cognitively able to do so. Is it a problem? It is but, why put students in a situation they could not possibly handle? What Vanier really aims is to give the students the hope of surviving. I was sad to hear that people with disabilities do not live very long, and a day before I came to Vanier for internship, someone actually passed away. Vanier installs that sensibility of hope to its students as early as possible to ensure that stay in “mental” shape despite their disabilities. A few weeks ago in ECS 100, we were talking about eugenics or the “pseudo-science” as my Dr. Douad told us. It’s about gene selection and splicing DNA. It sounds like a good idea but, what about the people with disabilities? Do we alter theirs so that we won’t see people running around and parading while they’re wearing AFO’s or in wheel-chairs. I think it’s unfair. Now that I have seen this perspective, I think inclusion should be implanted at all times because who are we to exclude people of the right to live and co-exist?

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Posted on December 5, 2011, in Daily Dose, Shadowing Someone and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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