The Effects Of Pervasive Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

1509 Words Oct 17th, 2014 7 Pages
Recently in June of 2013, the Internet went crazy about a second grade class photo. In it, “a teacher with a warm smile stood beside twenty-two students sitting neatly on a set of bleachers. Off to the far right of this particular picture, it what could be considered “the Siberia of the frame”, was a boy in a wheelchair sitting separated from the rest of his peers. He was beaming ear to ear and trying to crane his is neck towards his classmates, as if he was trying to ensure he makes it into the picture. This boy was Miles Belanger in which he has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord. He has never been able to walk, but the disability he has endured has not made any impact what so ever on his cognitive abilities” (Romo). The consensus from this online, viral at that, controversy has pondered up a heartbreaking photograph that captures the pervasive discrimination against people with disabilities. In reference to the previously stated story, this brings up one of the most controversial issues as of 2013 and also been a problem in the past years, inclusion of disabled and or special needs students in a regular classroom. Just because a child has a distinct characteristic about them does not mean that he or she should not be allowed, discriminated, involved, nor participate in activities or in regular classrooms at school. Also, inclusion of student’s helps people learn about an individual and show how teachers and special needs…

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