Sunday, January 29, 2017

Misconceptions about Disabilities

There are many areas of a disability that is missed by most people. For example, I have ADD, which is short for Attention Deficit Disorder. For me, the classroom was never really a place for me to learn. There were so many distractions and it made it difficult to focus on one thing at a time. At one point of my early school life I would have to periodically leave class for a few minutes just to have different scenery. I get stir-crazy staying in one spot for too long at a time. If I were to be in a classroom for an extended amount of time I would quickly lose focus. This wouldn’t be purposely done but a struggle it still was to regain attention. At the time a lot of my teachers didn’t understand why I wasn’t doing well in class. People of all types have different learning patterns. Why school didn’t go well for me is that I did not learn the same way as most of the kids. So instead of being taught differently I was treated as if I couldn’t learn. And it made me feel as if I couldn’t for the longest time. Misconceptions happen like this all the time. Some people assume people with disabilities are not as or more than capable. Once we get past the barrier that separates people with disabilities and people with none we can have a better and more in depth understanding of each other.

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