When I first started to teach kids, my 'assignment' was to build a program for 'intellectually challenged' children. At the time there was a 'move' to get these kids out of institutions/homes and bring them back to their communities to live and be educated.
It was challenging. But you know what was more challenging? Convincing colleagues that what I was doing was worthwhile and important to the lives of these kids and their families.
In fact, most of my 30 years teaching in the field was an uphill battle as far as trying to bring staff on board with what I was attempting to do.
It was and remains a slow process. Children who learn differently from the norm have every right to an education in their local school and community. And I would go so far as to say that they have every right to be in the same classroom as their peers whenever possible.
It is up to the school officials to accommodate their needs.
Obviously, when I saw this quote it triggered the passion I have for these children's rights.
“Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something.” -Unknown