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Candice Bazylak
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3. If you could change the way we provide services to children with disabilities, what would you recommend?

I have seen doctors; they have access to all my information on an ipad when they come into the room.  They are able to assess my health because in front of them they what I am allergic to, they have what recent ailments I have had recently and in the past, and what current medications I am taking.  If our teachers had access to this type of information they may have the ability to have proactive measures.  My best girlfriend is a high school teacher, she explained to me that one of her students was beaten up in locker room two class periods before hers.  No one in the school had informed her of this.  If this child had come into her class angry and resentful because of his recent encounter with the football team and say, thrown a desk across the room because my friend had asked him repeatedly to lift his head off the desk, who’s fault would it be? Would the child be at fault or the teacher, or what about the dean of students for not informing the child’s teachers of the travesty that occurred just hours before. 

A child that has disabilities has days like this and the problem is that he/she is counting on educators to be informed.  If an autistic child hasn’t been sleeping well or his/her parents have been arguing or worse divorcing, that student’s behavior is going to be vastly different.  I think accountability needs to go further than testing, but maybe a team of adults actually being accountable for the success of a child’s education.

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