Segregation is the act of separating people or thing from the other leading to neglect and abused. The rationale behind Georgia’s practice falls under the idea that Georgia is the only state that supports Psychoeducational schools which offer education to children who have behavioral problems and with disabilities. Although this is the case, schools in Georgia are used as dumping grounds for children with disabilities leading to neglect and mistreatment, a factor that causes segregation in schools found in Georgia (PBS, 2015).
Segregation occurs more in children than in adults, especially in school settings. Segregation can be very damaging to students with disabilities since; it ruins their chances of coping with their disability and robs them of the chance of being equal to other students. These can further result in low self-esteem issues and increase the level of stress children with disabilities go through. When these damaging factors become more prevalent to children with disabilities, they further result in more stigmas making it harder to be accepted and be appreciated in society.
The best way to address this issue is by reaching out to Georgia’s government to advocate for the rights of these children. The government should mitigate and hold whoever is responsible for violating the federal law and the U.S constitution since; these psycho-educational schools are using the very program to segregate children who need proper care and guidance. It is the right of every child both normal and disabled, to be treated well and to be allowed the freedom to socialize and access to proper education unlike how Georgia is treating these children, by denying them chances to socialize and the proper care they require.
In conclusion, the psycho-educational program the state of Georgia is using to cater for children with behavioral issues and disabilities should be banned and proper institutions that care for children with disabilities, to be implemented. The government also needs to ensure the rules and regulations according to the Americans with Disability Act are followed.
PBS. (2015). Georgia segregates kids with disabilities, behavior problems. PBS.org.