I am 13 years old and was very glad to hear about the visit by the Prime Minister and his wife to the centre for children with disabilities. The visit has probably touched the hearts of many others and made these children feel that they are indeed very special.
They deserve the same rights as the normal pupils. I really salute the Prime Minister for declaring this as their rights.
My brother happens to be one of these children. He is eight years old and was diagnosed with autism at a young age. He is just like a boy in your neighbourhood, except that he communicates in a different way. He is also very intelligent.
He has been assessed by the consultant paediatrician at the general hospital on several occasions and the doctor has assured us that he has normal or even above average intelligence, which means that for his learning ability, he should be able to cope in a normal school. But because of his difficulty communicating, my parents had no choice but to put him in a special school.
When we tried to enrol him at the normal school, the headmaster himself said the teachers there weren’t keen on him joining the normal group. According to the headmaster, he had to sit for an assessment independently. My brother is capable of doing the assessment with someone prompting him to continue.
Sadly, this simple arrangement disqualified him. In short, they think a child with disability is just a waste of space and time. My brother was never given a chance to prove his ability and in turn to convince the headmaster and teachers of what he is capable inside.
Some famous people said to have 'autism' but can they also be 'nerds'?
Teachers Day was held weeks ago. Most pupils look forward to this exciting day and so do I. I have no doubt my brother is capable of sharing the same excitement but he expresses it differently. I do know that the whole school was invited to this grand event- all except this special group. Now that is totally unfair. They are pupils too and would like to show their appreciation to their teachers in their special ways too. While their teachers may still have to “look after” them, I am sure there will be moments when they (teachers) will be thrilled to note what these children are capable of showing their thanks to them.
The way I see it, the teachers think that these special children are a burden.
My brother loves going to school, especially on a Monday morning when he gets to take part in the assembly and sing the national anthem.
Even if Monday is a holiday, we have to coax him and give him a thousand reasons why he can’t go to school. Often, he relents but I still think he is a hard-working and disciplined boy. It is just too bad that the teachers don’t see his bright side.
I think all special children deserve the best. It saddens me that the system is hindering him from achieving his potential.
Dear Mr Prime Minister, if you are reading this letter, please do something about this because I am writing on behalf of my brother and family members. We all think this special kid really does deserve something special in his life. Everyone does.
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