Sheila Schoonmaker, author of the Sheila Schoonmaker blog, writes about mainstreaming autistic students versus better education environments.
“Special needs classrooms are still in the mainstream environment. Those classrooms will not only never be built differently enough, they can never become customized for each Aspie student’s needs.”
She writes that there are Aspies who survive ‘mainstreaming’ but their education would’ve been superior if homeschooled or if in a school structured specifically to meet the needs of students with autism. However, many people believe that this would ‘spoil’ the child.
“Okay then, how about if I throw some tropical fish into a tank that goldfish thrive fine in? Is having a special aquarium set up for tropical fish “spoiling” them if there are many more goldfish than tropical fish?”
Schoonmaker’s post made me stop and think.
My son is in an autism-inclusion program at his high school. While it’s the best school experience he’s had since kindergarten, the program is tailored to help the kids adjust to the neurotypical classroom setting. With the recent behaviors my son has exhibited, at this point education is not my son’s goal. I just want him to survive.That’s not exactly a free and appropriate education, now is it?
Casdok, author of the Mother of Shrek blog, writes about preparing for her son’s steps into adulthood. For her son, C, this means moving to a new home.
Transition is hard for both mom and son. Casdok shares her range of emotions from hopeful to petrified.
She’s also responds to some comments she’s received by others:
“How do I feel? … Upset that some people feel I am now at the end of my parenting and can now get a life, or what’s the point of so much resources being put into a young man with Cs level of disability, and other such remarks.”