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Lisa Hirsch

Oh, god, that's horrible. And, you know, maybe illegal. I am so sorry for your nephew.

badgerbag

yeah... there IS such a thing as the ADA. If the school gets federal funds at all, then ADA title IV covers it. if they don't, still covered under ADA title III.

One word: liablity. I have a special needs son (autism), so I understand the feeling here, and offer my sympathies. But isn't it the predictable outcome of the overlawyering and overregulation? You don't need to be a neocon to understand that when every "evil" has to stamped out through lawsuits and more regulation, it only begets more regulation.

Compassion cannot be legislated. Europe has tried, and what has happened is that government compassion has completely eliminated the charitable impulse in the private sphere. People resentfully pay their taxes, and then think "That is the government's problem to sort out, I paid already, right?"

I live in one of the best school districts for special needs kids, but the services no way compare to the private sector. And the government pays something comparable, so they are not even saving money.

squid

What complete fucking assholes. What did your brother-in-law say back?

A situation like this makes me appreciate Iron Gate even more. They are all about a realistic approach to living in a community, into raising kids who are interested in people rather than appearances. Wilson would be welcomed there. Too bad it's two time zones away (and "the salt mines of the preschool world," to quote Ep).

badgerbag

I know. I was thinking that if my brother in law made a little flyer explaining the situation, and stood at the door of the school and handed it to parents, asking them to go right away to talk to the administration, I bet most of the parents would be outraged and would rally round. Maybe that's optimistic of me, but I bet yes. That's what would happen here.

Stephanie

Oh dear, I'm all ranted out for the day but ...
a friend with 2 autistic boys has more than her share of battles, one involved an outrageous mother at Chuck E. Cheese's. You can read about it here. This sort of stuff just makes me ill.

badgerbag

The administration caved, and Wilson is back in school after missing only one day! I hope it goes well.

marivi

What heartless so-called educators!

How do you tell a little boy he can't go to kindergarten after all?

Meredith

This stuff makes me hate the world. I am so glad that he is back in school! I hope they treat him like the rest of the kids.

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