Wednesday, May 24, 2017
My Why (Special Education)
Now, lets get into my why. First of all I wanted to talk about the fact that I have spent a lot of time around people who have special needs, and think this is one reason why I choose to major in special education. Growing up, one of my moms good friends lived a few houses down from ours. Both of her sons were diagnosed with Autism and I spent a lot of time with them at their house and at mine. In addition, I spent a lot of time in the special education classroom of the middle school I attended in 7th grade because my mom was a teacher's assistant in their classroom. Lastly, I got to volunteer with the local Special Olympics while I was in high school. I think the fact that I was blessed with so many opportunities to be around people with special needs really made me see their spunk and joy which lead to the realization that I wanted to be surrounded by that each day. I'm majoring in special education because I was blessed enough to see the joy they posses.
It also became apart to me that those with special needs are in desperate need of people who are about them. Many people see their short comings in terms of their physical or mental capabilities but in my opinion, the main thing that holds them back is that most people don't want spend time with them. This has always deeply broken my heart. I'm majoring in special education because I am one of those people who care.
This next thing kind of goes along with what I just mentioned, but during my experience with people with special needs, I find that they don't usually experience explicit discrimination (although it does happen), instead I usually find that people take choices away from them. For example, someone might always choose what the person or child with special needs with eat without ever asking them. Now, this isn't always something meant out of malice, sometimes people are just trying to help. However, if people with special needs are given choices, they'll never know that they are capable of making decisions. People without special needs don't have this problem. This idea of self determination has become super important to be. I'm majoring in special education to instill self determination.
To keep moving right along, for some of the reasons I mentioned above and as a downside to their special needs, life can be hard for people with special needs and sometimes a lot of extra help and instruction is required for them to be successful in life. I've also become really passionate about life skills and the idea that with hard work people with special needs are capable of so much. I'm majoring in special education to set kids with special needs up for a successful life.
If I sat long enough, I could probably think of a million reasons why I decided to major in special education. And if I'm being really honest, I'm not sure I'll ever have the perfect words to accurately explain my decision. However, I wanted to write this post anyway. It's good to share your heart and passions with others. It's also good to write down your why for those times it gets rough. I hope y'all have really enjoyed learning my why today!