Monthly Archives: September 2014

Parents who see the disabilities before the children

I work with children with severe disabilities, and the common issue has been discipline of the child.   I am working with a child, who has a mother who does not like to tell her daughter “no” and as a result of the family being soft on her, she isn’t progressing in her skills.   I think I am at the point of my life where I am living on my own and doing the job I dreamed of because my mom treats me like a normal person.

Here is my advice to parents who are starting to discover their child has the ability to understand,  reach out to speech-language pathologists and give them a voice and set the bar high.   You will be surprise to see that the child has surpassed your expectations.

Being a Mentor for Disabled Youth

Being a Mentor for Disabled Youth

By: Maricor Pagsanjan

Being a professional with severe disabilities in the professional disabilities realm has been interesting due to the fact that I still have to prove my qualifications to get the job done. . Today, instead of receiving these services, I am providing them. I have multiple, complex physical and speech disabilities and obtaining respect is no easy matter.  My double degree in Women’s & Gender Sociology are the key to landing my dream job of working with youth who have similar disabilities.   The driving force to get me through school was knowing that these degrees would help me achieve my goal.

Since college, my work has included being a partner in a mentor pilot program where I worked with three young men on life skills via e-mail.   The pilot lasted only a few months, but we learned a great deal about the Do’s and Don’ts for the real start up of the Bay Area mentor program.   I feel that working alongside my childhood speech-language pathologist has been both a positive and negative experience.   I am stating this because while people respect what I can offer them, I am not always compensated like a hired partner.

I am going to end my intro blog with this:  I am a young, educated adult with disabilities who would like to help families starting out with a disabled child.   I may not know all the details about special education but I have been there as a kid and as an advocate for students with disabilities.   Talk to me and we will figure how to get through the system together.