“Disabled pupils” unable to get to school…

In the news…

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The fact this occurred is a disgrace… but I can’t help wondering if the real problem truly is the ‘bungling by the Govt’ or our society’s insistence on bussing kids with disabilities en masse out of their “natural habitat” in a segregated fashion and in most instances to a segregated setting.

Imagine if kids just went to school with their siblings, with their neighbours… if they caught the same (accessible) bus as all the other kids without disabilities. This has affected those kids with disabilities because they have been allowed to be separated away from the rest of us. *sigh*

Oh… for the record… I have yet to read or see a news broadcast item on this topic where ‘people first’ language has been used *blech*.   I wonder if they want me to send them Shawn’s 65,000 words on how they could represent people with disabilities better?

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3 responses to ““Disabled pupils” unable to get to school…

  1. Glenda Lee

    No matter what they say they still believe we don’t matter much, if at all. It is DISGUSTING.

    It is a legal requirement that all children attend school. But it doesn’t seem to matter to the Gov that crip kids are denied full and complete educations whether from crap like this or because the Education Department is too stingy to provide what is needed.

  2. Kim

    I spent a large part of the previous 2 years trying get an accessible bus so Harry could travel with his sister and brother. The bus company was keen and spent a lot of time and a fair bit of money trying to make it happen. The sticking point was the extra $40,000 needed for an accessible bus and the inablilty of the government to assist in any way. Mind you they are now willing to send a taxi the 40km one way to transport him to and from school. The fact that you are talking about two different departments (transport and ed) I think means there is no desire to fix the problem. I couldn’t even get our local member interested because “We don’t own the property we manage and we might move.” I didn’t realise that he only represents people who own thier home.

  3. Gina @ https://inkyed.wordpress.com

    Kim, they really don’t get it do they. If they made it accessible for Harry, then it’s one down… thousands to go but it is fixing them in increments. One of these days they’ll get hit with an order that EVERY bush has to be accessible and it will cost more. I do think that the wheelchair/seating designers need to do better too. Rather than making an environment fit their wheelchair designs how about thinking outside the square and making wheelchairs and seating fit the existing bus design. eg: Wouldn’t ceiling tracks to a handful of seats with hoist points for seating to click off the wheelchair bases be far more cost effective than re-designing and making a whole bus? Keep up the good work and the good fight. Cheers Gina

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