My Philosophy And How It Developed
Despite a mixture of learning disabilities, I was able to succeed to a greater extent than some of my more talented counterparts because of access to educational intervention. Childhood access to resources and professionals allowed me to succeed in the field of academics. My aunt is a special educator and my godmother is an educational consultant. My aunt often practiced using different reading and phonics programs with me as a child which enhanced my learning experience. This also revealed inherent difficulties that lead to a neuropsychic revealing ADHD, auditory processing disorder, and a tracking deficiency. Because of my family’s involvement in education, I had access to visual tracking optometrists, occupational therapists, and child psychiatrists that allowed me to learn how to manage my shortcomings and even turn some into strengths. Many I grew up with; however, did not have access to these interventions. Despite being just as talented, if not more so, then myself, they were not able to succeed in the classroom at the level I did.
It is this experience of holistic, effective educational access that shaped my future as well as my career choice. My own experiences translate into my work with children who benefit from similar intervention. Thus, to me, access is the ability to gain entry or establish contact to learning methods and intervention that an individual requires to succeed holistically in the field of education. My definition differs in the way that I do not believe education must be “appropriate” but customized and therefore idealfor the needs of those who make up the very system in question.