Special needs students are finding their voices on stage.
At Roosevelt High School, teens on the stage looked much like any other group of students. They spread out on stage, dropped their backpacks, cell phones in hand, and chatting among themselves.
But they were not the typical kids from the drama club. Some used sign language. others did not speak. One girl had cerebral palsy. This group are members of a new drama club, open to special education students and their more typically abled peers. This type of activity is called “unified drama” and the group will perform a play that they helped create, called “Voices”.
The goal is to ensure that special education student have some of the same opportunities in extra curricular activities as all others. But the ability to practice drama can encourage the social and emotional skills that some special needs students lack.