Teen’s Online Plea To Be Mainstreamed Strikes A Chord
By Michelle Diament
October 12, 2012 Text Size A A
A 13-year-old with autism has taken to social media to persuade his school district that he ought to attend his local middle school rather than a segregated program for those with disabilities.
Henry Frost, who communicates using an iPad, has garnered thousands of supporters on Facebook and more than 2,300 signatures through an online petition asking his Tampa, Fla.-area school district to allow him to be mainstreamed at his neighborhood school.
Link to article http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/10/1...lea/16642/
Link to facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IStandWithHenry
Link to petition https://www.change.org/petitions/hillsbo...m-his-home
Social Media Helps Student With Autism Find His Voice The title kinda misses the point, I think.
Disabilities and special education experts say it’s a common dispute: A family and a school district disagree about what school is best for the student.
School officials say they work hard to give thousands of students with disabilities and their parents what they want. But sometimes parents don’t get the final decision and school officials do.
While he tries to win admission to Wilson, Frost is taking courses at home online. His family worries he is falling behind his classmates. Frost says he just wants to prove himself in a general education classroom.
“Please see me as a person like you,” he types, triggering the mechanical voice of his iPad. “I would like the chance to try.”
A Florida Department of Education memo says it’s up to a school district to prove why a student shouldn’t attend a general education classroom.
But Siegel says districts often require that parents prove their child can handle the work. School districts know the process and the law better. Parents can find it difficult to oppose their team of experts.
Chris Christie is so fat, I was giving a presentation and he ate my pie charts.