More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
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Teen Artists and Explorers Who Have Special Needs
My students need a digital camera to photograph their community & create collages to exhibit in the Very Special Arts Festival.
This is a class of 14 students who have intellectual disabilities including Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism. They are included in a public general education high school campus in a troubled downtown neighborhood. Students' families are low-income and the school has limited resources.
These students have a wide range of abilities.
They have a strong camaraderie and help each other surmount the challenges of being young adults who have a disability in a public high school. They are all on the Alternate Curriculum which includes life skills and community travel practice. Because most of these students have limited reading ability, visuals and community experiences are extremely important. A digital camera would enable them to photograph their community to create photographic artwork for the Very Special Arts Festival. It would also help them learn pedestrian skills, street signs, and the city bus system.
My students need a digital camera so they can photograph their community during our regular field trips. The photographs would be used for instructional purposes. These students will exhibit artwork in a festival for young artists who have disabilities in the Spring. We plan to use photoshop to create collages from the pictures that they take.
Teens who have intellectual disabilities need to be as independent as possible in order to have control over their adult lives and to be happy.
The public schools educate them until age 22, after which time they will either be completely dependent on their families or will begin working in a supportive program and take a path towards independent living. Learning safety, social, travel, self-advocacy, and academic skills in high school is critical to their freedom and happiness as adults.
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