Originally Posted by Kiwideus
I can understand how you feel - as a deaf person who was mainstreamed, it is very difficult to keep up with the other students. Especially when I don't have my notetaker with me.
In extreme cases, it would be difficult for the child to keep up if the child was forced into total inclusion - way too often, they are left out, like I was.
Anyways, back on topic, I support Goodwill, Salvation Army, the local humane society.
When I adopted Kahu from the no-kill shelter, the man said I would only have to pay a small donation as he had not been neutered yet - he had been sick and needed time to recover so I said I would neuter him myself and pay the costs myself (I signed a contract saying that I would do it within two weeks, which I did) but I said I would pay for the full adoption fee because I wanted to contribute to the shelter anyway as it is run by this lovely elderly man and his wife and they could do with the help they needed.
Kellye, do you realize how much you (and Jake) have done right here on TCS to educate people about physical handicaps? I've always played down the fact that I'm hearing-impaired (not great advertising for a language teacher, and I manage to "fool" people most of the time, because I was taught lip-reading at an early age, and have roughly 50% hearing), but I find myself emphasizing it here, because you're so open about it. I'm all for mainstreaming. It's not done in German schools, and that horrifies me. I attended public and private schools in the US, where blind and spastic, quadraplegic, etc., kids all attended the same schools as non-handicapped kids, and I really feel that all of us benefitted from the experience. Those same public schools recognized my hearing problems, and provided speech therapy, etc., free of charge. If I'd grown up here in Germany, I'd probably have been isolated. I believe that the Vietnam vets who returned in wheelchairs and pressed for accessible public buildings, transportation, etc., made a great contribution to US society. There are a lot of forensic science /"CSI" fans here, and I feel very comfortable because many of the members, while not having experienced "Grissom's" hearing problems, have acquired an understanding of the challenges faced.