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H810: You should be ashamed!

September 28, 2010

I forgot to take my camera. But I’ll be going back next week, so maybe I’ll get some photos then.

I went to look at the IDEAL Education School, yesterday, which is a schools for children with special educational needs. Caters for serious learning disabilities -you know: Down’s Syndrome, severe Autism, deafness etc.

It was bleak. I know the owners have another school which when I saw it was bright, modern and cheerful. But that one is for children with the ability to complete an academic program.  The premises were grim. I asked about resources, the corridors were so dull – and was told that it’s a source of annoyance. The owners, who are pretty well off, don’t give resources to the school. Paint, paper etc is hard to get hold of.

Of course, I’d arranged the visit as part of my research on accessibility tools.  When I asked the Deouty Head what computing resources the school had, I was told they’re terrible, it’s really hard to be a manager and have to work without a computer.  Hm.  So I asked more specifically about resources for the children.  Hm.  There aren’t any.  Not even in a library, to share.  Not a classroom computer in sight.  No interactive Whiteboards.  Nothing.

Mr and Mrs Bader Al Subaie, you should both be ashamed of yourselves. You set up this school because you wanted the facilities to be available for your own handicapped daughter. Why aren’t you keeping it nicely?

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