On Monday, September 25, 2017, people around the world will dedicate the day as International Ataxia Awareness Day. Organizations around the world promoting a better awareness of ataxia will join together in an attempt to educate more people about this issue and to find ways of bringing increased freedom and help to those suffering from ataxia.
Ataxia begins with problems in the cells of the brain. In particular, the cerebellum of the brain is affected, which in turn greatly affects the person’s balance and coordination. Symptoms typically include difficulty walking and problems with fine motor tasks, such as writing or picking up small objects. Some may also have problems speaking or swallowing, leading to poor nutrition.
These children may end up in special education classrooms due to their disabilities. They will need extra help getting around in school and may require physical therapy and speech therapy to progress physically and mentally. However, some parents may have trouble getting the services that their children need.
To get special education services approved for children, parents must follow a specific plan. The child must go through an evaluation to determine if he or she can receive these services. Sometimes, the parents and the evaluator disagree on the services that are needed. In these cases, parents can request a re-evaluation.