This week June 9-13, 2014, we saw a number of students graduating from high school and are getting ready for college. Two of those graduations were special, so special it bought tears to my eyes, in one occasion a male student with cerebral palsy walk for the first time to collect his certificate, it was so touching his dad cried openly. In the other occasion a principal and a female student surprised her classmates by walking across the field to collect her certificate, both students will be attending college in the fall.
These stories and many more like them were made possible "when the US congress enacted a veritable resolution in 1975, when it passed the Education for all Handicapped (disabled) Act" (Altshuler p25), this Act allowed disabled children to attend public schools.
I happen to worked with clients who are disabled and when I first heard that they went to high school and college, I was surprised because in Jamaica the disabled attend special schools and from their they are left to the mercy of the country. I never see a disabled person working in the country and one of the reason for me being so surprised. Now, all I think about is how can I help my country in helping the disabled? If it is even getting them in the work force.