Disabled, but wanting to do ECE?

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  1. viedevote

    viedevote New Member

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    Hello guys. I am a disabled (male) looking to get certification in ECE with the eventual goal of teaching. A bit about my disability, it's actually not huge at all, I just have a mild disability which causes me to walk with a slight limp and makes standing for long periods difficult, though I'm fine if I can periodically sit down for a few minutes. Do you foresee this as being an issue? I know it's hard to judge over the internet, but I hope you can give me some advice.

    By the way, I should point out ECE in my state covers K-5, but I'd probably prefer upper elementary.
     
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  3. FourSquare

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    Seems like not an issue at all! Especially if you can perform the regular duties of the job. Go for it.
     
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    I used to attend church with a second grade teacher who was a paraplegic. She still happily taught.
     
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    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    On any applications they would ask what, if any, accommodations you might require. That would be the time to mention in more detail, and I have a slight limp and need to sit for a few minutes, and it has never been a problem. It is so much more about using your brain and talents. Good luck.
     
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    I saw a video of a teacher who didn't have arms and had to write with her feet. I think you'll be fine. Get a stool and sit on it whenever.
     
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    I have a similar issue as a result of one of my disabilities. Didn't stop me during my student teaching from sitting down to talk every once in a while
     
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    Not a problem.
     
  9. TULSATKD

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    I'm pretty much in the same boat as you. I am partially
    paralyzed on my left side. I didn't have any problems in my student teaching, and don't see it ever becoming a problem
     
  10. iteachbx

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    Doesn't sound like a problem at all. Maybe get into a classroom for some observations or volunteering and see what you think. But I can't see it being something to keep you out of the field of teaching.
     
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    Just as a slight caution, working with the little ones tends to lend itself to a lot of getting down to their level. I don't ever stand up with my third graders all day long, but I'm constantly going up and down... bending down, kneeling, etc. The only time that I'm at one level for any extended period of time is when I'm doing small group reading or math work. It's also not exactly a rare occurrence for one of my third graders to run into me. I don't know if those would be issues, but it may just be something to consider.
     
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    Why are you seeking ECE cert if you prefer upper elementary?
     
  13. vickilyn

    vickilyn Multitudinous

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    Perhaps upper elementary is 3-5? above fifth you are usually talking middle school. Just a thought.
     
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    Got it...misread original post.
     
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    I had a spinal cord injury and I walk with a moderate limp and I need to be able to change my position often. It has never been an issue and I am able to do everything an able-bodied teacher can do (except run).
    Sheilah
     

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