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Help me give my students alternative/flexible seating options so they can focus on what's actually important: their learning.
I've been teaching Special Education for 10 years now, but my focus over the last 5 years have been students with ranges of intellectual disabilities. I've been graced with seeing so many of them surcome to academic challenges that most people would not imagine could be their potential. The assumption of what a student can accomplish because of a disability is incredibly dangerous; whether these are personal biases that we have unconsciously internalized and then repeat in a classroom or the seemingly "safe" measurements of a universal screener that determines their disabilities.
My belief to assume that students with intellectual disabilities can rise to what you put in front of them has not ceased to amaze me with their accomplishments over the years.
I think about a student who was new to our school and was placed in my class without much warning. He did not communicate verbally and had an orthopedic impairment. His evaluation named that his developmental skills were that of an 18-month old. But we creatively problem-solved how he could access grade-level work, and sure enough, he was doing the same work as his 4th-grade peers. There is magic in each student to do the impossible!
When you're getting ready to study, learn, or just dive into a good book, where is the most ideal place you see yourself? You probably don't see yourself sitting in a rigid chair, at a small desk... For so many students with disabilities, they are often trying to overcome a learning obstacle. This might be focus, a physical discomfort, or just the strain of having to be challenged by rigorous content.
Now imagine if just a few of those obstacles could be removed with a simple solution: choosing a place to sit that makes your comfortable and able to spend your energy focusing on your academic learning rather than how your physical body feels in the moment.
Flexible seating can remove the physical barrier to learning by just being more comfortable and grounded during the day. My class this year has a wide range of learners who have individualized needs as to how they learn best. I've already collected a some solutions in my previous years teaching, but by funding this project, more options can quickly become available.
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