This essay exposes the problem of discrimination against people with special educational needs (SEN). The objective of this essay is to expose the areas where this problem is presented, the impact of discrimination on people with special educational needs, the causes of such discrimination and how we can solve this problem. Throughout this paper, we will observe how specialists, schools and governments try to facilitate access to education for people with SEN and ensure no one is treated differently because of their learning ability, or for having more flexibility in terms of their education. How does this affect society? Every child should have the same opportunities as everyone else, regardless of his or her condition.
In reality, this problem affects our society negatively, since discrimination against people with SEN, has a serious impact on them, creating complexes and social resentment. Because of this, many people are affected by this situation. An example of this is a survey on the feelings of those affected, according to which 52.3 percent stated that most of their income comes from the family, and 36.4 percent said they were unable to perform any type of activity or study. This data was taken in 2010 in Enadisis, Mexico. From the above data, we can see that most of the feelings are negative. Sadly, often the family is the one who discriminates the most. This discrimination could be present in school because we all know that society hates people who are different in this case people with special educational needs. Although teachers are present, teachers discriminate too, and students discriminate them because of their form of learning.
According to the Convention on the Human Rights of Children (CRC. 1989, art. 23.11): “States Parties recognize that the mentally or physically disabled child shall enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity and self-sufficiency and facilitate the child’s active participation in the community”. This shows that countries and governments are taking measures to solve this problem. By training teachers to help children reach their full potential, and by treating them fairly, their rights are guaranteed, just like those of other children. This will prevent discrimination. Thus, students, families and teachers will not judge them by their mental state and society will adapt to this situation, accepting them. Including these people in daily life might help them live normally in our society. Families could be more stable and united, so this might improve family relationships.
After the above analysis, we can conclude that discrimination against people with special education needs is quite common. Even though governments take measures, establish laws, and enforce due punishments, such discrimination will continue to occur in our society, no matter how much effort the government makes. However, step by step, a more permanent solution can be achieved, leading to the acceptance of these people and a better coexistence, although there will always be people who discriminate, even in violation of the law. Governments are working to improve the quality of education for people with SEN. By including them in education programs and special schools depending on their needs. Training professionals in these areas and trying to make the kid feel comfortable in this environment. This discrimination may disappear but with help of all as and society.