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Frank McGee October 19, 2010 B.

Wilson Sketch Students and Disabilities: What Accommodations Can do to Help There are many students with various disabilities in school, falling behind other students in an average classroom, not understanding what is being taught, let alone given a chance to do so to properly learn. Why is it that so many students don’t succeed? What could help them out, one would ask? If students with disabilities were granted accommodations often and on a regular basis, they have the opportunity to succeed with everyone else, and excel in school.

Now, the main question is, why give out accommodations? Why should administrations at various schools, private academies to public schools? Why give students who are struggling a litter perk? That ‘little perk’, could be the little help they need. Whether it’s seeing another student’s notes because their original ones aren’t of perfect quality, or the fact that they need to take an examination in a quiet area, or even an extension of time for taking it. Why give a student a failing grade in a course, when they have potential to pass and weren’t otherwise given a chance to redeem themselves?

I support this point because, I, myself, have been diagnosed with a learning disability, called Aspherger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, at a very young age. It

” Because of Autism’s variation in different people." In other words: every person on the autism spectrum is unique. Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder. note sharing). Recently.stunted my learning skills as well as my social growth. in part. As about. Psychologist Tony Attwood. considered one of the top experts in the field." That's more than just an analogy.. . the more abnormal the MRI scans. take test in another location). and one person's set of symptoms is just that . are the same. one person's symptoms of autism! This is. because autism is a spectrum disorder: you can be a little autistic or very autistic. special accommodations might need to be adjusted. you've met one person with autism. “There is a saying in the autism field: "if you've met one person with autism. while other students might need many more (ie extra time for tests. scientists in Great Britain published findings that showed there are significant differences in the connectivity of nerve cells in the brains of people with AS. likes to describe AS as "having a brain that's wired differently— not defectively.. The more severe the symptoms. But even so. Related diagnoses include: High-Functioning Autism. Some people only need a few accommodations (ie meet with instructor. not everyone with autism. or Aspherger’s for that matter. Nonverbal Learning Disability. and PDD-NOS. a Viennese pediatrician. According to ASCEND Group’s website: What is Asperger Syndrome? Asperger Syndrome (AS) is neurologically based and is classified as a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It all depends on the person and what they need. first identified it in 1944. Hans Asperger.com’s website for Symptoms of Autism Differ from Person to Person. Asperger Syndrome was added to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in 1994.

Our activities include public policy advocacy. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to change public perception and combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. an active Speaker's Bureau and advocacy in support of autism and disability-related issues such as deinstitutionalization and community living supports. ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. Working in fields such as public policy. it should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access. there are also those who refuse to use any accommodations. (in this case. ASAN initiatives include the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE). media representation. and non-autistic family members. educational opportunity and inclusion. professionals. research and systems change. As the Mission Statemen of the ASAN states (Austistic Self Advocacy Network): Mission Statement: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism.Though many people claim they are helping those with learning disabilities. employment supports and other initiatives at both state and federal levels. autism). community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity. Nothing About Us. and act like a normal human being. community living supports and others. Without Us! The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run by and for Autistic people. In addition. putting forward the concept that the goal of autism advocacy should not be a world without Autistic people. and it does help many. Instead. quality of life oriented research and the development of Autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for Autistic people to engage with others on the spectrum. cross-disability advocates. educators and friends. ASAN seeks to advance the idea of neurological diversity. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community on issues such as inclusive education. ASAN hopes to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of their own lives and the future of our common community. . rights and opportunities as all other citizens. ASAN's supporters include Autistic adults and youth.

Yay or nay is all they have to say to a simple question. It is up to the person themself. they may have a disability in learning. able to speak for themselves. . when it comes to disabilities and accommodations. but at the same time. give the person a choice as to whether or not they want to utilize them.Basically. but they are still fully functioning human being. Sure. I propose that they be made readily available to those who are eligible. “Do I want to use these accommodations presented to me or not?” It is all in their hands.

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