My sister-in-law, Debbie, went through something recently that no parent of any kid should go through. She faced discrimination because one of her kids has special needs.
Aaron is 12 years old. He is a great kid who happens to have autism. With school starting on Monday, Debbie wanted to enroll Aaron in before and after care at the middle school he will be attending. Aaron will be in the special needs program at the school and my sister-in-law called to confirm that there would be before and after care available for Aaron.
Three days later , at orientation , Debbie was informed that a private company had been hired to provide this service but not for the special needs students. Debbie recently started a new job which she could risk losing because of this. She tried talking to the principal who was no help whatsoever.
Debbie then took it upon herself to call the superintendent of schools. After being transferred several times she ended up speaking to the head of aftercare for all of Broward County schools. The head of aftercare for Broward schools actually listened to what Debbie had to say and promised to help her out. A few phone calls later Debbie was informed that there would be before and aftercare available for Aaron starting on Monday, the first day of school.
This is my question: Why shouldn’t these
services and others be available to students with special needs as well as typical students? Aren’t they all students in the same school system? Parents of students with special needs should not have to risk the very jobs they need in order to be able to provide the therapies their children need just because some people in the school system are either ignorant or prejudiced against those with special needs.
Parents of children with special needs only want what every parent wants for their children, a good education and a chance for them to reach their full potential.
I applaud my sister-in-law for doing what she had to do in order for Aaron to have the education he deserves. Kudos Debbie!!!