Service Observations

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
Throughout my time at The Regional School for the Deaf and Blind I have gained a reasonable amount of knowledge about the students that I work with. For instance, I have learned that every student is an individual with specific needs that need to be met overtime. Also, every child develops at his/her own pace, so trying to incorporate the No Child Left Behind Act into the curriculum becomes very complicated to do. In fact, teachers are subjected to give work to children who are still functioning below a kindergarten level, to satisfy parents with unrealistic hopes for their children.  It takes patience to work with students with disabilities because they do not function at the same capacity as students without disabilities. This can become a challenge for some individuals but a desire for others who have the mental capacity to work with the students that society seems to isolate itself from at times. I have enjoyed my time at the Mobile Regional School for the Deaf and Blind so far though… the children have given me hope and assurance that even the smallest thing, like learning to say a new word or reciting the alphabet is a miracle moment that should be cherished. I have learned to take nothing in life for granted, and to live every day to my full potential. The students have advanced so much in the one semester that I have been given the opportunity to spend with them also. One of the girls will be transitioning over into a regular first grade classroom next year, and another little lady will be moving onto middle school next fall. These girls have made tremendous improvements in their behavior and social living as well. When compared to other regular students, they are still a bit behind but for the most part they have the self-determination to function on their own once this school year is over. Overall, the greatest lesson that I am left with is that even a simple volunteer like me can make a difference in the day of a child with disabilities. I have become an ally for this innocent group that is needed for the continual awareness of the system that incorporates children with disabilities.