school year: a look back at the early days


English: Commander William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is part one of a two part series
For many, today marks for the first Monday of a new school year. With a new school year it can mean many adjustments for the kids. Often it means a new teacher, classmates, but for special needs students it can also mean adjusting to a new educational assistant and the potential of adjusting to a new routine at school.


Adjusting to school over the years


When I was in elementary school, I needed more support than I did as I got older. This is because as I got older I seemed to increase in terms of independence. My school life got easier with age also, in terms of my studies, and how I learn.
In elementary school, I had two educational assistants. One in the morning: the second in the afternoon. Their job was offering me one on one support in terms of integration into class activities. They also assisted me in using the washroom. This was the one thing I needed assistant with because my cerebral palsy obviously makes balance an issue. I didn’t figure out how to keep my balance and manage my clothing on my own until I was in my teens.


Middle school: learning to adapt to others schedule


In middle school things changed for me.  Not only did my supports in terms of my educational assistant availability decreased but I also changed schools. In the new school I only had one access to the educational assistant for the afternoons which was fine as I feel it allowed me to be seen by my peers as more of an equal.  It was fine in all areas but one. Because she was only half days it meant that unless it was a total emergency I was forced to wait until lunch or afternoon classes to use the washroom.

In Wednesday’s post I will look at high school and college


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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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