To plead or argue in favor of?
The word "Advocate" seems to be a household name. Everyone and anyone seems to become another persons' Advocate. What is an Advocate? My guess is perhaps a Lawyer. Someone that can verify, swear by and enforce any given "human right"? Are we talking the language of lawyers or a parent that is navigating the ever changing road map of a childs' education/social needs?
Since moving from Inclusion to NSH (Non Severe Handicap) one starts to notice things before becoming participants of a whole new area of the school environment. Mindful of the fact that both physical and mental special needs are under the same given title. A new land, a new language and a new set of rules. But is it a better place for your student, this slight shift of location? That is the question a good Advocate might ask. And if not, (now the word begins to define itself) how do I make it work for my student? Alternatives? Yes, to name a few, Montessori, Charter, Private, Homeschooling or perhaps a combination.
This is our second full year of NSH and we are still learning and growing with each experience. Since we are in the burbs, the classroom is not that severe and numbers low. It has its' challenges, but many rewards if you are willing to get in there and make things happen. More than that, the kids are so grateful for every moment you offer of your time and energy. Our experience has been good, by being readily available, worthy and openhearted to the smiles and laughter of each child.
Resources or resourcefulness. These are two entities that are a requirement in the making' of both the family and students' life. Creative and critical thinking, when it comes to working out the hard edge folds of the parts that don't quite fit. The boy in the wheelchair loves to hear a cheerful "good morning" as much as the star of the school play. Why the anomaly attached to kids that have the word "special" attached to their education? These kids are just as likely to become the App Designers, Space Engineers, Animal Doctors as any other "non special" education student.
So try and be there as the Advocate, the one that can offer something really special outside the box of "Special Education" that is aching for change.
Advocate: new meaning: open to kindness, positive encouragement, support new ideas, all inclusive, you.
Instead of asking "What do I want from Life?" A more powerful questions is, "What does life want from me?" E. Tolle