Every person is special in some way. There is nothing wrong with some children having more special needs than others because of their health. A special need does not mean that the child will not learn as successfully as others. A child with special needs also has the right to test his or her skills and knowledge and feel joy over their good results. Schools are required to make sure that children with special needs can also participate in all the events organised at the school.
Now let’s see how Andre, who has a hearing impairment, gets on at school.
Andres has a hearing impairment. Despite his disability, he is learning well in a mainstream school. Andres speaks very good German. One day, Andres learns that there will be a German language competition at school. Andres is keen to take part and show off his skills. But the teacher tells Andres that he cannot take part in the competition. The competition also includes a listening exercise. The teacher says that because of his hearing impairment, Andres won’t be able to do the task anyway.
Andres is very upset. At home, he tells his mum and dad that he won’t be allowed to enter the competition. Andres’s mother doesn’t want her child to be upset. She calls the teacher. She asks if Andres could do another task instead of the listening task. The teacher warms to the idea. She will find an exercise that Andres can do. That way, Andre will have an equal chance to compete.
It’s good that the situation was resolved. Nobody should be excluded from society because of their disability.
Andres did very well in the competition!