How Accommodative is the Education System to 'Slow Learners'?
So on Sunday while in the church compound I bump into an old friend of mine who is a mother to an autistic child. After the pleasantries, I ask her about her child and she tells me she moved the boy to a vocational training institute here in my home town because the boy wasn't good academic wise. The statement made me sad. Not because what the mother had done was wrong but because the potential of the boy will never be realised after the change of schooling method and environment. The conversation led me to think of such cases in society and country in general. Autism does not mean a child can't study it only means the child needs special care for them to perform. Which begs the question, are teachers in school equipped to handle such developmental disabilities? How easy is it to integrate such children In a normal school curriculum? Does the examination system take into consideration such cases? Apart from written exams, have they ever considered oral exams for such children and other children who's disabilities cause a problem with writing?
Is there government support to school going children with developmental disabilities?
It might be interesting to note that given the right support, most children with autism can 'outperform' children who are thought to be 'normal' without any kind of disabilities. Cases in point is a host of famous people who made the world how we know it today. Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla are just some of the names that achieved extraordinary success despite having autism.
How should the school system adapt to accommodate children with autism and other developmental disabilities? Let me hear your opinions