Disabled at school, Baranello Institute of Baranello “happy island”

The 15th National Day dedicated to Louis Braille will be celebrated on 21 February as a result of Law no. 126 of 3 August 2007.
“Our legislature – says Professor Marco Conditorio of the Visually Impaired Association – wanted the day of ‘memory’ for those like me, living in a state of disability, exactly absolute blindness. Why is this ‘memorial day’ important for our people with absolute disabilities?” Blindness or severe visual impairment?
Because our beautiful country has a large number of people with disabilities. The term “persons with disabilities” is sanctioned by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by our Parliament by Act 18 of 2009.
And despite the thirty years since the entry into force of Law 104, which was established on 5 February 1992 and thirteen years since the ratification of the UN Convention this year, there is still too much discrimination and inequality affecting pupils and students with disabilities. marginalize. School and in civil society. Children, pupils and pupils of our Italian school visit their pedagogical path with not a few difficulties in a reality that is increasingly difficult and at the same time distracting or more severely indifferent. These are other disabilities, not physical, but cultural, mental and political, which cannot be cured by therapeutic, pedagogical or didactic training interventions. So there is absolute blindness, sensory blindness or severe vision, always physical.
Then there is also the other blindness, the other low vision, this time no longer physically but mentally, behaviorally, politically, culturally.
This other form of disability affects far more people than those affected by physical, intellectual or sensory impairment. The victims are civil servants, freelancers, surveyors, architects, regional councilors, city councilors and mayors, parliamentarians, bank and postal managers, public and private company managers, technicians, entrepreneurs.
Unfortunately, in addition to this long and varied range, also teaching staff, over didactic support, school managers. Good practice and professionalism are not lacking, the so-called “happy” islands are there and play a didactic-educational role with a high professional and educational profile. However, they are not enough to contaminate our beautiful country, remain precisely “happy islands” that leave the rest of the country in the shadows, not of the last sun, but of the person with a disability.
The interests in this area are diverse: national and regional public funding, European. Cooperative and social enterprise interests. Inadequate initial training or, worse, absent; practically trade union and not at all effective training. Easy certifications at a good price even on the hour. Simplify courses with training packages, ranging from 1500 hours of Uni Masters to no more than twenty-five hours, of which at least 18 sit comfortably between the cushions of the couch at home. In short, a failure not only socially, but pedagogically, educationally and academically.
Where is the rule of law?
Where should the law govern the “functioning of the land” and instead of the other blindness?
We are all involved, no one feels excluded. We are victim actors of a system that we say we write that we want to change and that instead we continue because of inability to maintain a loyal attitude as if it were the best for real. As mentioned above, there are some lucky islands and among these there is the “G. Baron” of Baranello.
Next Wednesday we remember the figure of Louis Braille, the inventor of the name sign. We do it with the students from the third grade of the high school of the Barone Institute, their Dean Agnese Di Blasio and the teacher Olimpia Lopa. The parchments and medals with which pupils and school staff, including the teacher, are recognized “Sentinels Braille for Inclusion” are awarded.
A social revolution in the school sector, by contaminating as many people as possible, to promote the school inclusion of pupils and students in conditions of absolute blindness or severe vision. Among the schools we recall the participation of the “San Giovanni Bosco” State Comprehensive Institute of Isernia; the “Majorana-Fascitelli” ISIS, also from Isernia; and the institutes “I. Petrone” and “G. Marconi” of the CB.
The wavy path full of fall that leads to inclusion can be pursued by anyone who wants to be a promoter of school integration for human, cultural and social inclusion for pupils and students with disabilities. The Association of the Visually Impaired of Molise proposes for this year a social initiative, which aims to contaminate as many students as possible from the Molise school. People who could have a girl in a completely blind state or a visually impaired student as a study partner tomorrow. Braille Sentinels for inclusion know the Braille sign; the tools for mathematical learning and for drawing blind students. They learned the rudiments of guiding a blind or visually impaired person to manage the difficulties of an urban site, which is generally inaccessible. They have learned to distinguish a place that is accessible to blind people rather than inaccessible. So if it is not adults, professionals who are concerned with the inclusion of the school, then it will be students and pupils, future citizens of tomorrow, who know how to support a blind or sighted student. Only then will we be able to overcome the other blindness. “

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