Your Child Has A Disability. Help Is Here
Help for the family who has a child with disabilites
Here you are pregnant and you are excited, because it’s your first or second child. You make plans like expectant mothers normally do. You choose names and envision the life of that little life inside you. Images of him or her as a Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse or Teacher begins to formulate in your mind until the day arrives when this child makes his or her debut into the world. Your child is born either partially or totally disabled or normal; however, around 18 months or so, regression occurs or he or she exhibits signs of autism which are lack of social interaction, communication delays, and behavioral. Lives change, hopes and dreams are shattered and the challenge of all challenges begin.
You're at your wits end. What do I do now? You’ve heard of children who are mentally disabled ; maybe seen one or two; but never imagined yourself raising one. Where do you turn? What do you do? What is autism? How did this happen? How can you fix this? Where do you begin? Why me? Would n't it be comforting, if you knew where to find resources to assist you in this time?
Well, this is what this hub is all about. Sure it's going to be difficult (this is not to scare you), but you should not despair nor be frustrated as you do not have to go through this alone. This is not the time to feel isolated because resources and help are at your finger tips. You just need to know how to access and utilize them. Caring for a normal child is tough enough further more. a child with disabilities especially if that child is and will be totally dependent on you or caregivers for the rest of his or her live. So, dry your tears and hold your head up because in time you will come to discover that children with disabilities are just about the sweetest kids you will come to know and love. So, pucker up because help is here for you.
If you live in the New York area, there are schools and centers that cater to people with disabilities - children and adults’ alike and they can either be ambulatory or wheelchair bound. If you live in the Brooklyn, there are regular schools that service children with disabilities from Preschool to High school, after which some graduate to the work place or Adult centers. Some of these children come from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. They’re partially or profoundly disabled and they receive regular schooling as mandated by the board of education on a daily basis.
Students come to school on the school bus. Some are accompanied by a Nurse, who usually stays with them through the day in the classroom, others are also accompanied by a Para Professional on the bus to and from school. Others come unaccompanied on the school bus, which drops them back home at the end of the day.
Each child has an individualized educational plan (IEP) with goals. Fully trained qualified Teachers, Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Nurses, and Para professionals along with the School Principal care for these children on a daily basis. So, as a parent you have resources and a support system to assist you in any way possible.
A typical school day is from 8-3 with all holidays observed, except for in the summer when students do not receive the full summer vacation; instead they receive 1 week vacation in June and two weeks in August. So if you're raising a child with a disability no matter how mild or severe a caring staff awaits to assist you.
Now that you know that you don't have to continue this journey alone, I hope you will take the necessary steps to help yourself and your child. Raising a normal child is a challenge let alone a child will multiple disabilities. We are here to help you but you have to let us, so take the initiative already.
I hope this information is helpful to you and I also hope that you will act on it. This is your life which you can still enjoy. Children with disabilities are just about the sweetest and joyous people around. Sure, they are not self reliant, but they help us to appreciate life and the little things we take for granted. They have a purpose like every one else and they serve it everyday.