Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Showed You!

The instructional assistant for a student labeled (incorrectly) as 'severe and profound' cut her finger last Wednesday. The student signed 'help' and 'nurse' and then led the instructional assistant by the hand to the school clinic.

No big deal, right?

Wrong - it was a very big deal.

That student, my Ashley, who has been told over and over again that her communication is very limited, who has been told by an orientation and mobility instructor that her only traveling option was to use a sighted guide and not a cane, and who has been described as living in her own little world, oblivious to all that is around her, did something very important.

Of course, I have known about her ability to care, her compassion, her reasoning skills, and her ability to travel as a blind child for too many years to count.

Maybe now everyone will believe me when I tell them of Ashley's abilities and potential.


Trish said...

How wonderful! She should be so proud of herself. :)

Dalya said...

I'm waiting for someone to say oh no, she didn't lead her they walked together......some people will make any excuses to save them from shame, and unfortunatly your school seems like that....


K- floortime lite mama said...

you and she are both amazing

Azaera said...

Way to go Ashley! Show them what you can do!

Molly said...

I love moments like that. The only thing that holds our children back are the limits imposed on them by society.