Case Study 3
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".
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