Going to School with a Disability: You Can Be A Part of Something Great
Written by Douglas Winkler
October 26, 2020
When I used to go to high school, I made daily commutes on a handicapped school bus. When I reached my destination, a person would meet me at school. There were a variety of people who helped me in the classrooms and assisted with the assignments. The assistants helped with getting me off the bus and they pushed me to every class. A few years after that I got an electric wheelchair and no longer needed their assistance to get to class.
I took a drafting class and used a program on a computer called, AutoCAD. The teacher, Mr. Denison, was very willing to teach me how I could create the drawings on the computer. There was a trial period for me to be in the class because Mr. Denison had to spend one-on-one time with me. He decided to let me continue to take the class. Mr. Denison also let me create the drawing of a building that was going to be built on the school’s grounds for a local school competition. I was honored to draw the building. I placed at the local level and went to the state level in Huntsville, Texas.
The experience taught me that anybody who wants to go to school or college should go to be a part of something new.