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What does college and career ready mean for students with disabilities?

Written by Nikita Mehta

Axis hosted an education professionals panel on November 16th, where we discussed what it means to be a diverse learner, the transition from high school to college for students with dis/abilities, the differences between schools specifically designed for diverse learners and regular high schools, and social integration for diverse learners in a school setting.

The panel consisted of three accomplished teachers, Julie, Kate, and Mary, who all have countless years of experience working with diverse learners. One major concern the panel brought up was the scarcity of funding available for public schools, let alone schools for special needs students -- this has a drastic impact on the ability of a child to pursue his/her passions and reach his/her full potential. When funding and opportunity aren't available, it becomes difficult to ask their students the questions 'what are your strengths and what do you need to be successful?'

Despite the lack of attention on schools for students with dis/abilities, Julie, Kate, and Mary are still incredibly committed to their jobs (Julie is a transition specialist and Kate and Mary are teachers) because they love watching their students learn, grow, and become the best versions of themselves. 

Nikita is a first year majoring in Biological Sciences. She is a first year board member of Axis UChicago.
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