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>> welcome to "the journal." i am brian thomas in berlin. >> welcome. >> north korea friend's new attacks as the south sends more troops to the border. >> the euro stabilizes after a strong defense by angela merkel. >> a new study shows one woman out of four in germany falls victim to domestic violence. >> south korea is sending more troops and weapons to front line islands as north korea warned it
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could follow up the deadly showing with more attacks. the warning comes as an american aircraft carrier heads to the region to deploy with a joint war games with troops in the south. the defense minister resigned following criticism that he reacted too slowly and softly to the assault on -- assault by p'yongyang. >> the south korean army allowed foreign media onto the island of yeonpyeong. the north fired artillery shells of the island, setting dozens of homes ablaze. the people here fur -- fear further attacks. >> a shelled to -- a shell hit directly here. my home was destroyed. >> most residents who experienced the attacks are packing belongings or have already left the island. meanwhile, in the capital of
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seoul, hundreds took to the streets to protest against the north, accusing tehran government of a slow and inadequate response to the -- of using their own government of a slow and inadequate response to the attack. >> we have to close ranks and strike back with force. >> the criticism over the response prompted the resignation of the defense minister, seen here in archive footage. the president bowed to beef up hit -- beef up his country's defenses. the south korean navy is set to start a new joint maneuvers with the u.s. navy. the north has threatened further attacks if it feels provoked. >> for more, we spoke earlier with our correspondent in seoul. we asked him what we should make of the resignation of the defense minister. >> i think this is the government realizing that someone needs to take responsibility for what
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happened, especially since two civilians died. some might say that the defense minister should have resigned earlier this year, following the sinking of a south korean ship. many conservative south koreans as well as opposition parties say the defense ministry did not do enough to prevent that attack, nor did they do enough to fight back against north korea during this most recent attack on tuesday. we can see this as the first heads to roll from this attack. >> soul is sending more troops to the islands. north korea says it will respond with force. how do you see the situation developing? >> south korea is adopting a much stronger posture against north korea. the president today said that rules of engagement are changing. before, south korea was concerned with not letting tensions rise any higher.
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it skirmishes break out -- if skirmishes break out, they do not want to raise tensions. seoul says they will be sure to fireback. >> jason, thank you so very much. over to steve now. the euro is taking a breather. >> there are people who would like to see the euro fail, but those within the eurozone say that will not be the case. angela merkel insisted that the euro will survive the debt crisis. that was the good news. she insisted that private investors will come in the future, have to share the burden of bailout. >> there has been no euro crisis
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its nuclear-generated electricity to competitors.frene able to change providers more easily. th eu criticized france for its industrial tariff far beef -- far below market pric. now they will be phased out by 2015. to brian. >> mariel maliki has started workrmne government of political uncertainty. there is a formal request giving maliki 30 days to name a new itilnot be an easy task. iraqi politics are fractious. all the countri'factions are expected to be represented. tens of thousands of students and academics have i cies across italy for a second day of protest against government plans to hike tuition and cut3000obin
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in rome, protesters demonstrated before of marching on the city center. the similar scenes in othe --cities. they're cutting 9 billion euros in the education system. the netherlands has issued a eupe aeswaan for a dutch foreign not see war criminal. -- nazi war criminal. kls carel faber worked in a transit camp during world war ii. he was committed to life. he escaped prison and fled to germany. a rmou ruled that it had insufficient evidence try hi in berlin. noag 8 h lives in bavaria. the german ministry of family
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affair says nearly one in four women are victimsf domestic violence. police received 16,000 calls last year for help for women in berlin. e mb owon o do not report cases of abuse is much higher. >> barbara says she would still be in during the beatings and kicks if it were not for her son. she found the courage to separateroeriont husband when he threatened their then-three-month old son. >> he is a butcher by profession. once he grabbed a knife and said he had already slaughtered 70 pigs, and one more would not matter. en he held the knife to my throat. >> when she left her husband, barbara had five euros to her name, spoke no german, and waer t see. she found help with an outreach
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center. on average, three women seek the help of the center each day, ar 1000 each year. consultants speak six languages. >> a woman cannot manage on her ow she can perhaps ask neighbors or acquaintances for help. if there is nobody, it is very important ve phone to call the police in an emergency. >>ithe center's help, she is now trained as an office clerk. she would like to work for the outreach center and help oer women who are vic -- other women who are victims of domestic violence. >> there have enheupie neri proceedings -- disciplinary proceedings against players. they will serve one-match
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suspensions. in the final minutes of tuesday's match, two received red cards r wasting time. they and two others will attend a hearing next week. in golf, germany's golfer is hoping to win the dubai world championship. a victory would allow him to advance to the top of the world rankings. kaimer fired an eagle at the third hole. he ended the day in third place, ahead of his biggest rivals after shooting five under 67. one of germany's oldest christmas markets is open in dresden, offering an array of traditional treats like hot spiced wine and fruit cakes. a nearly 15-meter-high christmas pyramid towers over t mket. the event was founded as a one-
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day market in the 15th century. today, at last four weeks with yuletide specialties and handicrafts. there are 2.5 million visitors every year. winter weather is at the market. winter has arrived in full force in parts of europe. in some places, it has taken residents by surprise. the inland woke up to its earlier snowfall in 17 years with a blanket of about 10 centimeters. temperatures dropped below zero, very unusual in that region. scotland, a treacherous road conditions forced schools to close. the cold snap will deepen in the coming days with lows of -5 degrees celsius in some areas. slower-moving traffic. coming up in a moment, we will have our in-depth on chinese investment in europe. could it influence political decisions?
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stay with us for that.
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>> welcome back. for a long time, european trade and investment with china were more or less one-week lows. products made in china were shipped westward and the money flowed eastward as big european companies outsourced production. all of that is changing quickly and radically. germany's economy is booming, thanks to exports to asia. chinese investors are heading west, looking to buy up continental cos. the massive current account surplus, they are flush with capital. time is snapping up the greek and spanish debt, highways, and industries in eastern and southern europe. >> when the chinese president hu jintao comes to europe, it is normally to talk about money.
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beijing has a huge trade surplus and debt-laden countries like portugal would like some help. the european debt crisis has created opportunities for china. greece's largest port is now in chinese and. the chinese conglomerate received the contest -- concession to manage the entire terminal. the company is paying 4.3 billion euros for the lease. at the end of 2008, president hu jintao himself came to athens to sign the agreement. the chinese have major plans for the port. they include a terminal for their run products, a hotel, and rail connections to the rest of the country. the chinese want to turn the port into a gateway to europe for chinese goods. the location is ideal for the balkan countries. in poland, the chinese have entered uncharted territory by
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preparing a bid for their first large construction product in -- project in europe. they're building two new highway segments totaling 50 kilometers. the chinese have offered to complete the project for 340 million euros, 1/3 less than the lowest bid. critics contend the chinese government has provided massive subsidies to the construction company, paving the way for a to underbid competitors. they say beijing wants to increase its presence on european markets, even if it means turning to dubious methods. the chinese are hoping to profit from spain's debt crisis. beijing has bought spanish government bonds worth $625 million. the risk of losses is not a major concern. the chinese prime minister has expressed interest in the government bonds of other countries, including greece. beijing is hoping to earn respect and improve its
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strategic position by helping to ease the debt crisis in europe. >> a lot of chinese capital is flowing to a german state, china's number one investment target in europe. chinese companies hope this date, germany's most populous, will become a new gateway to other european markets. >> the german staff call him alex because his real name is not easy to say. he is the managing director of the company. the headquarters are in a town in north rhineland westphalia. having german headquarters is good for the image of every chinese company because products from china still have the reputation of being cheap and mass-produced. >> germany is a country that stands for quality goods. if a product can be marketed in
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germany, that means the product or the brand is successful. >> since labor costs in china are much lower, the only order finished goods. in germany, each piece is examined before sales agents deliver them to specialty stores across europe. germany's central location and excellent transport links are ideal for european operations. >> logistics are very important. we are near holland and hamburg, and very close to an airport. there are many experienced workers here. that is very practical for us. >> the densely populated state of north rhine and westphalia is attracting more foreign investors. 600 chinese companies have established operations in the
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region surrounding the state capital. that is more than in any other part of europe. it has also influenced what the city looks like. >> many cities here are already a bit chinese. there are several good restaurants, as well as karaoke bars, similar to what you will find in china. i think it is all right. i like the food. food is important to the chinese. >> all the regulations and red tape in germany are no laughing matter. setting up a company is more complicated than in other countries. he says he needed a lot of patience, but in the end, it was worth it. >> i always talk to my chinese colleagues when they want to invest. i tell them that if they want to do business on a long-term basis, go to germany. if you want quick profit, go to
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other countries. that is the way it is. >> the company plans to stay in germany for many years to come. >> earlier, i spoke with someone from the center for european policy studies. i asked her whether beijing hopes its investments will give it influence over european political decisions. >> well, it could be. political influences are normally based on economic influence. it would be a good start. that is one reason why china is investing a lot in europe. they are investing a lot also in southeast asia and in africa. >> china is often accused of not playing by the rules in the currency arena. are there similar concerns in the area of foreign investment and trade? >> well, we don't know exactly.
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china is a special case. it is not like europe for the u.s. there are problems related to the fact that the yuan -- with the yuan and the dollar. there's a big promise for the global economy. it does not make much sense to make a judgment about policy in terms of investment and trade. >> the companies doing investing our state-owned. does that give them an advantage over their european or north american counterparts? >> this could be well the case exactly because it is not market economy. their own 100% by the government. -- they are owned 100% by the
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government. once again, we cannot do much about this. if china perceives the current situation as important for their national interests, they will not change it. >> western countries have been calling on china to become a true international stakeholder, to take a bigger responsibility in the international system. do you think the developments we are talking about could lead in this direction? >> i am not very sure about that. it would depend on the evolution of the perception of paying national interests from in chinese interests. if they perceive the interests are such that china should keep growing at a higher rate, they won't do much more at the international level. >> thank you so very much.
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♪ - hi, this is bob scully, and welcome to another edition of the world show: entrepreneurs: the dobson series, where this week we will meet in birmingham, alabama, a very special social entrepreneur--somebody exceptional that you won't soon forget. we went down to birmingham to work on a documentary we're doing on the
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hidden angel foundation devoted to special needs children in multi-sensory environments. you may recall that another entrepreneur in this very room, bud kirchner--a very successful business man, of course, and twice elected entrepreneur of the year--also presented us with a magnificent case of social entrepreneurship, the hidden angel foundation, which he started with his wife, sandra fornes, in memory of their child, christopher douglas. well, working with hidden angel, we came across dr. edwards--dr. gary edwards--at united cerebral palsy, a special center in birmingham devoted to special needs children and special needs adults. he is the heart and soul of that center. he's worked not only to make it happen--to finance it--but to make it function every day. he has such an affinity for people who sometimes are locked inside their bodies--have a lot to communicate, a lot to say, and say it in ways that we should understand. it's up to us to meet them more than half way, and he does that many, many times, and has done it
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for years. he's been there, i think, a quarter of a century. a remarkable man. here, then, is dr. gary edwards. dr. edwards, i was privileged to visit ucp, which you run-- an impressive institution with a great bunch of people in it-- and i attended a concert there by george canyon, and it was great to see the animation, and i couldn't help but think, how would it have been 20 years or 30 years ago for those people or people like them? not so nice, i don't think. - well, some of those people that you saw 20 years ago were living in institutions--large institutions, state-run institutions. we have had tremendous changes since then that people, adults... these were adults that you saw; you missed the kids. the adults... the belief is that an adult with
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a severe disability--and a lot of the people that we serve are physically disabled and cognitively disabled, and some are cognitively-abled enough, as we say--a kind of variation--but it's a belief that they can live independently. they can be productive. we have a work program. we pay people for their employment, so, it has changed a lot in 20 years. i think there are perceptions of the abilities of people. instead of looking at what can't happen, we have tried to make a difference in how people perceive and what's possible. what you didn't see was a preschool program, in which we have a daycare and an early learning center for kids with rare disabilities, and what we see there is kids looking at each other not as in a wheelchair or having a disability, but really as,
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"he's my friend. he's no different". and hopefully we're making a difference beginning early in life, and with those parents, too, so that every kid is totally accepted. - and i think an eternal question for people in the field is how much do you encourage the people with whom you work to integrate into either school life or working life, and how much do you protect them a little bit with an environment that is more controlled? - our mission is to connect people with disabilities to the community, and not... you know, when i was growing up, i had a friend, and his name was sandy. sandy had polio, but i could never understand why sandy wasn't able to go to school. - mm-hmm. - we've changed that. i think it's more about giving individuals with disabilities
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the opportunity to be involved, to go out, to be part of the community. i think with every child that we enrol, we want to protect them and do as much as possible. kids with disabilities, how can they be out? how can we hope that they have friends, that they're just another part of a classroom? so we've made tremendous strides. we've got a long way to go to be able to open doors for people. - when you pick the skills that you give them, we think of skills in strictly a professional sense, but it can be things like taking the bus, how to get from one place to another, buy their groceries, i mean, all those, you try to instil that. - it's really, you know, in employment we try to find people jobs--try to match people to their abilities to the job-- but, as we know, a large part of job skills is really how you get along with the people on your job--how you get along with
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your supervisor. and can we teach people those skills--to stay on task, to stay at work, to have a work ethic? and we've had a great success. we've really had great success. we work real hard to try to match the person with the job with their ability. - and is it kind of a graduation if one of them leaves your center to go take a job? what do you do? a little party? - it is a celebration that that has happened. we celebrate that, their ability to go out and be a part of the community. and they're also a mentor to other people. they're the example to say, hey, this can happen. and we've seen a whole change in people's perception of, "yeah, i want to work". people are begging to work, to be able to do some stuff. we have our own business. we do document destruction, and create jobs there ourselves.
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- that's true. that's another solution, rather than insert them in existing jobs is to be entrepreneurial, right? - entrepreneurial, yeah. i mean, non-profits today, it's more difficult. the more entrepreneurial that we can be, the more businesses we can run that will create opportunities for people with disabilities, and hopefully make some income for ourselves. - and i noticed there was a lot... one thing that struck me was the amount of humour that goes on... [gary laughs] ...joshing each other and cutting up, and nobody minds the teasing. i mean, you would think, well, we want to be careful here, but really... - it's really... you come to work there, the people come to work there... there's very few places where you can come to work and you're hugged three or four times before you get to your office. it's a wonderful place. there's not any pity, not feeling sorry for anybody, it's just the total acceptance of you as you are, and the people we serve say that, and the staff feel that way, and feel that, "i'm here for a purpose. i can
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see why i'm working and what i'm doing here, and how can i create opportunities for people?" - and there was a lot of musical talent, too. i think we can say that. - we can say that. - and dancing talent, and so on. - again, it's just... you know, joy. it is really fun, it's joy, and nobody's going to laugh at you because you come up and dance, because it's wonderful. we were touring people around, and one of the guys stopped. it was josh, and you heard him say, "i'm ready to party!" - and he was. - he was. - and he sang right on the note, too. he sang a duet with george canyon. - he was wonderful, he was wonderful. and josh has a cognitive disability, and somehow, some way, he knew every word to every song. - i'm told he knows all of elvis. - yeah, everything of elvis. - you can just say the title,
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and-- - we have on elvis' birthday in january--we've had it for several years--an elvis impersonator come out, and it was... it is a blast. i mean, everybody's up dancing. everybody loves elvis. - and josh performs. - and josh performs. and a lot of other josh's who are up there, and of course there's elvis walking around giving out his scarves to people, and then being a part of it. and it's... it's fun. it is just fun. - and as i went around looking for the washroom, i see these lockers, and some of them had poems on them and prayers. there were a couple of prayers. very nice prayers. that's spontaneous? that's not something... i mean, it's obviously... - that's those individuals. that's their lockers. it's just like our business locker. we encourage things like that. they're full of expression. we also encourage art. i think we forget that anyone appreciates art and music,
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and we should give everybody the opportunity to see what's happening. it's really wonderful to see our kids perform--we have music therapists there--and see a two-year-old classroom sit down and get ready for music. it's magic. music is magic and art is magic. - and they are very expressive. they're not a shy bunch. - no. - you know, we got stopped and we had questions because we had a camera and everything, and, uh, "what's this? what's that?" - there is no hesitancy. it's people that are enjoying life, and our mission is to give them as many opportunities as possible. - and i was just trying to imagine the contrast--you would know this contrast because you have been doing this for many, many years--the contrast between a building like that, that is open, sunny, has nice grounds, people can walk or roll their wheelchair and smell the flowers
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and everything--that versus what you used to have, which looked like prisons, really. sometimes there were bars on the windows and so on. - they were. i mean, a lot of these were lived-in institutions, there were many people housed in one place. care was okay, but it wasn't... there was just... that was their life. they weren't able to get out, weren't able to be part of the community. and the cost now for someone to stay in an institution is much, much more. - yes, i would imagine, to build a building like that is, of course... - but the staff in the state- runs... it's a lot higher cost, and it's a middle of the community. - and is ucp the exception? is this maybe the nicest? what i saw would be like filet mignon? - we live in a city that is very philanthropic. it is a very giving city, so that is a result
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of a city saying... a board that has supported me to say, "you dream. dream a big dream, and we'll try to make it happen." and that's what we did. - when somebody, for whatever reason, has not been in ucp, and they enter, it's like going to a new school--let's say they come from somewhere else. you can measure progress over a few years? - sure, sure. absolutely. we see a tremendous amount of progress here. we have a lot of teaching opportunities. we have a lot of therapists there. we have a physician, dentistry, a whole range of medical services, employment opportunities. what we're seeing is really a focus on, "yeah, i know i need to get ready to work. i need to work. i'm going to work". i think that's what we're seeing lately. when i have people that are begging to work, you know, who has a work force-- - you wouldn't see that around town.
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- yeah, who has a work force like that? - indeed. absolutely. and i'm told they can be a more productive work force, because they're not looking at their watch, thinking, "when is this over?" - i love the story of one of my individuals we serve. his name is dan, and dan is probably... he's an older gentleman, maybe 60 or something, and he really hadn't been involved, and when we started the work process... one of the things we do is shred and document destruction, and we bought some individual shredders--this is where one person can put a few sheets in at a time--and he got to work. and of course we pay everybody. everybody's paid a wage. he was working, he was really into it, and he was told, "it's time now to let somebody else work", and he refused to leave. he said, "i'm not leaving". you know, he's finally... i got him finally to pull back
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a little bit so someone else could come in, but he sat there and watched that other person to make sure they did the job right. - that's what you hope for. - that's what we hope for, and that's what we see. that's a really tremendous desire, because when meets you the first time, what's the first thing they ask you? what do you do? - yeah, exactly. and you were telling me after i'd been there--we were talking, you and i, yesterday--and you were telling me that, of course--and i hadn't focused in on this at all--these people go home at night to their families, but you said it gets serious, though, when the family itself grows older. if it's a 50-year-old person and the parents are 80, what happens in cases like that? - we hope that parents have made plans for what's going to happen. i've seen so many
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parents in their 80s who are still driving that very severely disabled son or daughter in to us, and sometimes they've made plans, and sometimes they haven't. they may expect another child will take care of them. sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn't. sometimes the state kind of has to step in and find a place for them. but it is... with an ageing america, you know, the people we serve are ageing, but their parents are ageing also. we're really not doing a good job addressing that issue. - and i would think if they're at a place like ucp for 20 years, they don't want to leave. - they really don't. and you think of the parent and that child, they've lived together for their entire lives. - mm-hmm.
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- and if something happens to the parent, then they may have to go somewhere else. to split the two really, really... to watch it is heart wrenching. i remember a guy was there. his name was bob, and his mom went to a nursing home, and he went to one of our group homes, and... ...he, um... he worried himself, you know, and he didn't make it. - he didn't make it. - he died before his mom. because he just couldn't deal with that separation, because they had been together so long, and they meant so much to each other. and i know a lot of parents that i talk to, the thing that they pray for is that their son or daughter dies before they do. - hmm. - i mean... - that tells you something. - yeah, that's their prayer. and you're kind of going...
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we have to address that issue. - does it make you wish that you would have an in-house capacity for some of them? to keep them with you? or... - we provide services in the home. we provide-- - no, but i mean in-house where you could house them. - we do some. we've done some of that in the past. that's very, very difficult. i think it's better if we can provide someone to go into their home and help that parent in that home take care of them. there's that. or help that person figure out where he can live in his own apartment, his own place. - with those skills. with those minimal... - with those skills, yeah. my brother-in-law was there. i'm not sure if you knew my brother-in-law was one of the guys that was there. - you told me. - yeah. and he is in his 50s, and his mom and dad died, and right now he lives in his own apartment. he has his life, and
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we have our life. i still go by in the morning and help him get his shoes on and help him get dressed and bring him in with me, but he still have his own life, and we have ours. and it's good. it's a supportive relationship. - and if i had to ask you to go to the other end of life now to the children--because, like you say, i missed the children,n some small miracles occur? - i see miracles with the kids and with adults happen daily, and, um... one of the miracles is seeing a kid with a severe disability on a playground and a kid not disabled, and they're buddies. they've got their arms around each other's shoulders like that. that's a miracle. a lot of kids that the doctors or physicians have told them, "your child is not going
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to walk" or whatever... or, "your child's not going to talk"... they're walking and they're talking. the best one parent told me was in a classroom with other kids, and she was... it was videotaped. the teacher videotaped it. but this was one of the first times that the kid was walking. not only was the kid walking in the classroom. all the other kids in the class were cheering her on. - that's incredible. - that's incredible. that's a miracle. - yes indeed. - and that kid today, i had talked to the mom, and they had visited the statue of liberty, and she had climbed all 300 steps. - hmm! that's quite the victory, too. - that's a victory. - that makes you a miracle worker, and people like you. - oh, it's not me. it's not me.
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i have incredible people i'm working with, and incredible parents. incredible kids and incredible adults. i'm lucky. i'm just... i push the paper around. - okay, but keep it up. you're doing something right. thank you so much, dr. edwards. - thank you. - dr. gary edwards in birmingham, alabama. and in coming weeks, you're going to see another show originating from birmingham on a very related topic. we're going to meet dr. jan rowe, who teaches occupational therapy at the university of alabama at birmingham--a woman, again, with that great sixth sense for special needs children, who can speak about it very eloquently. here's an excerpt. - what i've seen over the years is that children of all ages and all abilities are much more welcoming now of children with disabilities, because it's kind of commonplace. they're used to seeing the kids with disabilities in their school. when i was in high school, we only saw those kids with disabilities at lunch, or you
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only saw them if there was some type of auditorium presentation. but, you know, now kids are pretty used to seeing them at all times of day, every single day of the week. that said, there still is a lot of bullying. there still is a lot of... kind of taunting, especially of children with disabilities who have a certain level of ability and they're more included in the regular classrooms. - they can't quite keep up. - exactly. and so they may not have the judgment to know... if, you know, there's a group of guys or a group of girls who are wanting them to do something that might be kind of silly and get them in trouble, they may not have the judgment not to do that. and so to be liked and to be included with that group of typical kids, they would go ahead and perform the action or the behaviour. well, that's the million-dollar question: inclusion, or some type of bridge between inclusion and more segregated services. you know, parents in this country now are firm believers
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that their children need to be included--they need to be included with their peers, they need to have the same overall educational opportunities as everybody else. i tell my ot students all the time that it's not just about the child learning how to read and write and hold their pencil correctly. it's that entire educational experience. so, for instance, i saw a young woman several years ago who was 19 years of age, had a year left in high school before she graduated. she was a gifted student in the gifted program. she had a spinal cord injury, and in order for her to continue to be with the gifted program, she had to have someone with her, because she didn't know how to self-catheterize herself. so she had to have an adult with her that was trained that could catheterize her if they went away for trips with the gifted program. well, it became a real hardship and so she actually had to drop out of the gifted program simply because she had never been
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taught to self-catheterize. - and she probably could have done it. - she could have done it. she had the intellectual ability. she had the physical fine motor skills to do it. she just didn't know, and her mother didn't know. so it's not just about being in the classroom with other children, but you need the field trips and, uh... the girls' bathroom--i mean, there's a whole education in going to the girls' bathroom. you know, you learn to cuss and smoke and everything else in the girls' bathroom--or the boys' bathroom, for that matter. so it's about that entire experience, and so if children only know other children with disabilities, and some of those children are verbal and some are not, but they're never around typical peers, they don't learn from that experience. you know, i think the best hope for that is if school system therapists are looking towards that independence, that level of independence for whatever kind of independent living or semi-independent living that that person could have once they graduate from school.
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so in those last few years of school, that would be an important time to capitalize on those skills, and then a lot of these programs around town would also work on that. i know gary edwards, his program at ucp--in their adult program, they spend a lot of time on independent living skills--on cooking, and making beds, and just safety skills: you know, what happens when somebody comes to the door? how do you know if it's a stranger or how do you know if it's somebody that you want to invite in without just opening the door? so, yeah, there is an emphasis on that, and that's obviously the stuff that parents worry about, too. - for sure, when they're no longer there. - right. i guess my most memorable encounter would be a time that i went to a preschool classroom. i was actually in the capacity of a volunteer as an animal- assisted partner. i have a king charles cavalier spaniel-- i actually have two, and they're both registered as pet partners. and i had one of them, my oldest cavalier, with me, and we went to a preschool class with about
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five children in it, and there was a little girl that was sitting in the classroom that was selectively mute, and she hadn't spoken in months. she had a very long history of neglect and abuse. she was three years old at the time, and she was very observant. she watched me, she watched my dog, she watched the other children. she didn't say a word. she didn't make a sound. and kind of the protocol is we went in and we would sit on the floor, and the children would come up to my dog and i, and they could look at her photo book, and they could help brush her, and they could pet her. and the little girl sat on the outskirts, on the periphery, and she watched everything. so, our 30 minutes was over. i got up to leave, and all the other children were petting my dog, saying goodbye. we walked by the little girl, who never joined our circle, and she reached her hand out and touched my dog, mia, and said goodbye. so, and that, to my knowledge, was the first time the child had spoken in, like i said, these many months. now, was that the presence of the dog? was it just
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the day that she was going to speak? i don't know. but it was pretty powerful. - dr. jan rowe, coming soon on the world show, and our guest this week was dr. gary edwards, both of birmingham, alabama, and that's the world show for this week. i'm bob scully. have a great week. thanks. closed captioning by sette inc.
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