Taking Care Of Our Handicapped Children

The American Disability Association defines a handicap as a physical or  mental  disorder that prevents an individual from performing or functioning normally. There are various aspects to be taken into consideration before a child can be classified as handicapped.

The child may suffer from a physical or neurological disability that prevents the child from being able to take part in normal academic or physical activities.

It is the aim and endeavor of the US government to ensure that these children are not deprived of the opportunities and rights for an education. For the US government, every child matters and every child should have specialized training and assistance. In the US, approximately six million children are disabled. Under a federal law that is 25 years old, every disabled child has the right to a free public education.

The government is clearly concerned about the statistics and the magnitude of the problem, has passed a number of laws, and launched a number of programs to ensure that these children are not discriminated against in any way. Schools should have facilities for disabled children that help them in terms of mobility, education and training.

The seriousness with which the government is taking up this issue may be reflected from the fact that the definition of handicapped children now includes children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that was till a few decades ago, not recognized as a disability.

Special trainings programs are conducted for teachers to deal with handicapped children in the school. There are a number of competitions and contest that are organized to encourage the spirit of both academic and physical excellence amongst handicapped children. Parents want their disabled children to take part in activities after schools, sports and go to summer camps.

Much more needs to be done.  However, it is encouraging to note that things are moving in the right direction.