Philosophy of Inclusion
Children with special needs and capabilities
In a society where competition is often used as a means to determine those who are the most capable, impairments and special abilities are often perceived as disadvantages. For example, if a child using a wheelchair is in a group of children who can walk, then this child is considered to be in need of special care. However, if a group of hearing-impaired children were to all be talking in sign language around a hearing child who was not familiar with it, it would then be the hearing child experiencing herself as impaired.
Cognitively impaired children like Anahera experience much of the same developmental stages as other children. Anahera can walk and talk, laugh and cry and does not feel herself as impaired although by definition, she is. There are many types of people in diverse settings who may differ in some way but yet spark no immediate discussion of impairment (Wertlieb, 2018).