Amber Guel Case Study 3 07/29/2023 EDSP 5320 DR. BANDA 1) What does disability mean to you? A disability to me can be described as a lot of different things. It's a condition someone has that makes it difficult for that person to do things that a person without the disability could do easily. Disabilities could impact a person physically and mentally. A disability could also be known as an impairment that prevents someone from living a "normal" life. This can mean that someone is completely physically dependent on someone. However, this isn't always the case. There are other disabilities, such as autism, and I think of non- verbal communication. Or sometimes having meltdowns due to becoming overwhelmed. I have worked with students who have had intellectual disabilities, and physical disabilities and there isn't really a way to define them in my perspective because they're always finding out more information about both. When I think of disability I also think that some of the people with them suffer from depression and other mental issues because they don't feel "normal". Well-said! 2) What type of disabilities are you familiar with? Before taking this class, I was familiar with autism (Asperger's) and children with physical disabilities. When I was teaching, I had students with CP and I didn't know until taking this class that there were different kinds. I was aware of different forms of autism, but have only ever had one student with autism, which was Asperger's. Since taking this course, I feel that I've become familiar with many other intellectual and physical disabilities, the symptoms of intellectual disabilities, and different ways to help students that have either or. I also feel like I'm more knowledgeable in the resources outside of
Amber Guel Case Study 3 07/29/2023 EDSP 5320 DR. BANDA schooling that could help families with children who have disabilities. Good for you! Excellent! 3) What are some of the major challenges in dealing with disabilities in the community? I think accommodations for people with disabilities is something the community could do better with. People need to be more considerate of others with disabilities whether they're physical or intellectual. Not many people are educated enough about these things and think they can act and do things around a disabled person the same way they do a non- disabled person. In doing this, they don't know if certain things could trigger a person with an intellectual disability causing them to have a meltdown. I think our local government needs to put in place some kind of accommodations for more public places that are "disable" friendly, this could be adding more ramps for people with physical disabilities or adding "quiet rooms" to public areas where someone could go when they're feeling overstimulated. There should also be different kinds of funding that could be used to provide proper training to our educators and parents for their students with disabilities. As educators we don't always get the proper training to handle these situations leaving us to figure out coping things on our own. Great! You can also include information on jobs, financial issue/ planning , etc. 4) Have you ever helped a person with intellectual or physical disabilities? Yes, multiple times when I was teaching. My previous student that had autism would have meltdowns here and there in class when he was feeling overwhelmed, and we would have to redirect him to his quiet corner. Sometimes he would like for one of us to sit with him until he felt better. In the moments that he wanted one of us present, we would sit
Amber Guel Case Study 3 07/29/2023 EDSP 5320 DR. BANDA and talk softly, he would ask questions and we would answer him as best we could. We would offer him his sensory toys which really helped him to calm down. And other times he would ask to listen to his songs, and we would allow him to put on headphones to listen to certain songs that helped him to feel back to himself. Cool! I expected the video to be more informative, but it was more just questions being asked. The video focuses on demonstrating how people, children and adults can still go out and do "normal" things. This video shows an adult woman out shopping and describes how living with a disability can be lonely, and scary. But they just want to be treated normal. They don't want people to be afraid them, which people shouldn't because people with disabilities aren't scary, they just need extra help in some areas so they just need a little more patience from people than others would. They just want to feel like they have the same respect and accommodations that any other person would get. I think the video was very informative in a different way than what I thought it would be. Agree. The video is informative because it displays the way an adult with disabilities just wants to be treated as any other person. 5) It just makes you think in a different way, 6) Excellent answers! 7) 20/20
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