July 20th, 2009

Media Mondays: A Second Chance

Ibraheem Shahadat is a 17 year old senior at New York Institute for Special Education. He was nervous for his high school prom, plays in a competitive sports league and hopes to make it to the 2012 London Olympics. He also began losing his vision at 13, but that obviously hasn’t stopped him from living his dreams.

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Ibraheem comes off as a genuinely sweet and ambitious young man–a guy who probably wouldn’t allow limitations to stand in the way of his goals. But who knows what his life (and attitude) would be like without the help of teachers and those working in hisĀ  specialized school. Ibraheem’s story highlights the importance of special education as a way to empower young people so that they can build on strengths, learn from their disabilities and achieve their goals.

Showcase: Seeing a Bright Future [NY Times Interactive Story]

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