As a person with a learning disability and a physical disability, I wish I read more; here’s why

So, one of the things I don’t like about the education system for people with disabilities is the lack of reading in preparation for the real world. But in saying that, there’s one regret that I have about my education, and that is when I was in Junior high school and high school. Let me explain.

In middle school, a good portion of that time was spent in special education classes; when I say special education classes, I’m not talking about your regular special ed classes. These classes are for people with disabilities, a completely different thing.

Special education, or as they call it, special ed, was created for people with learning disabilities to make schoolwork more accessible. Well, when it comes to special education for people with disabilities, they take that a step further. When you have a disability, and you are in elementary, junior high school, or even high school, you’re given work that is easier than your typical particular education class, which is a problem for some people, the taller functioning people with disabilities, because you’re not getting a good education. You’re not getting what you need to prepare yourself for out there in the real world.

When you do have a disability in school, at the end of every school year, you have a meeting called an epic to determine what you will do the following year for your education and to talk about what you want to do or what is expected of you the following year for continuing your education. When I was in school, I didn’t have a lot of direction. Looking back years later, I wish I had taken classes to help with my reading is so essential for everybody. Everybody should read as much as they can. That’s why I want to and believe I would be better off taking reading more seriously.

Reading is essential for everybody, especially for people with disabilities that are high functioning. See, I found out the hard way that you can be high functioning and yet still have a reading problem which today I wish I had worked on yesterday to help with my development as a person with a disability.

It’s not just reading. It’s writing as well. I was meant to be a writer; it just took me a while to get the writing skills I needed to become a good writer. I’ve written on and off all my life, going back to my days of being in school so far back as when I was in elementary school. I feel like everybody has a story to tell. That’s what I’m trying to do today as I try to become a better person every year.

I’m writing this as a 40-year-old man with spina bifida, unemployed, and dependent on this blog and YouTube to become successful as a career. As I write this, I have to say that I won’t look back and woory about what happened yesterday and will start building for my future.


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