Visit to Siskin Children’s Institute

Siskin Children’s Institute is an inspiring educational and research organization that incorporates the education of children of all abilities. They endeavor to provide the most inclusive environment possible, allowing children to interact and learn in diverse settings. I had the chance to visit Siskin at their facility in downtown Chattanooga. It was an inspiring experience to find an organization that truly embodies equality of education for young children of diverse backgrounds, needs, and abilities. While there, I was given a tour of the facility and was amazed to see the amount of work they do. My personal favorite was the resource library they have for parents and others interested in raising and interacting with children with disabilities to learn more about the various disabilities that exist and how they affect children.

More important that the tour of Siskin, was the opportunity I had to read to the children. I read to a group of 4 and 5 year olds. They were the most eager and excited group of children I have ever spent time with! They knew more than I did about space and planets. It took me back to the time when Pluto was a planet! Every child there had something to teach me and I loved sharing my time with them. One little boy and his friends caught my eye most of all, and I was reminded of just how accepting children can be. This experience was both fun and inspiring. Visiting Siskin showed me how much has been accomplished for the education of children with disabilities, and how much more we can do. As Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2012, I am grateful to have opportunities like this and I look forward to many more!

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