Child and Adolescent Rights

School and Employment

The law clearly states schools must provide access to education for all children. In fact, academic success may become more important to some children as a way of compensating for physical problems. When a child has heart disease, he may face several obstacles in school. Sometimes, teachers do not understand how a heart problem affects a child. They may place too many restrictions on a child or they may not allow enough special privileges. Teachers need your help in knowing how the heart problem will affect your child in the classroom. If further information is needed, the Heart Institute staff will help with explanations, written material or special instruction sheets.

Everyone benefits from expanded communication with the child’s school. The child is happier, teachers are more comfortable and parents are content their child is safe, productive and functioning like other children. If you experience any difficulty in acting as an advocate for your child, please notify us. Our staff can provide you with valuable information to help deal with these issues. We want to assist you in making certain your child meets his potential-both academically and physically.

As your child reaches adolescence and young adulthood, similar problems may occur in the workplace. Government agencies ensure that people with physical problems do not experience occupational discrimination. Again, our staff can help you contact these resources.