The Sunday Paper for February 3, 2008…

February 3, 2008 Kyron 4 Comments

…and a cup of coffee

Every Sunday I hope to offer you my version of the Sunday paper with articles from the past week or two, relevant or uplifitng (or both), on various issues within the special needs community. coffeepaper1 The Sunday Paper for February 3, 2008...

Boo-Boo Helps Children in Unexpected Ways

A Putnam County NY teacher applies to have a therapy animal for her classroom with spectacular results

Parent Group Faces Tough Times

A parent group in Maine faces funding cuts from the state which may force this program that helps get special needs parents the help they need.

A Hidden Shame: Death in Georgia’s Mental Hospitals

Death of 14 year old Sarah Crider just one of 115 in the state’s care that might have lived if not for neglect

Woman Wins Round in Disability Case
A mother of a disabled son forced to resign as a legal secretary in 2005 after not being given the same flexibility as other staff with non-disabled children won the latest round in a legal battle that could bring new employment rights for millions in Britain.

Program Helps Special-Needs Students

Program in Salem, OR area address basic life skills and apartment-living needs for special students age 17 and older, including real life experience at independent living.

Vouchers Help GA Kids with Special Needs
A publicly funded scholarship program for special-needs children has almost 1000 students participating in it’s first year with parents calling for continued expansion of this program

Humane Society Seeks Home for Special-Needs Puppy

Kansas Humane society seeks experienced dog owner to nurture a special puppy “Silence” that is deaf and partially blind.

Their Rite of Passage
Boston area class gives special-needs students lessons on bar, bat mitzvahs.

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Currently there are "4 comments" on this Article:

  1. Deana says:

    I read the article about the mother winning the lawsuit in the UK this week. I am really interested to see how different things are there than here when we move.

  2. Kyron says:

    Deana,

    if some of the articles I read are true it’s similar. They seem to have their share of problems educationally etc. that we do here for special needs. It will be interesting to draw on your perspective when you are over there for how different the US and the UK are in special needs issues.

    ~Kyron

  3. truth says:

    Ga parents need to know that the truth about the SN Voucher. (SB10 Special Needs Scholarship, voucher)
    We sadly were quick to try this new program. Our child has been in a school that functions like a babysitting service.
    My very intelligent child was not being educated
    The parent of difficult kids don’t get called about their disruptive kids, so it’s a win win for those types of families.

    Teachers just quit after school started. My child had to put up with terroristic threats all day long. Violent chidren were tolerated.
    I am shocked at what little education took place. The rare time work was done it was several, several grade levels lower than where my child was at.

    Parents please please look before you leap.
    Private schools are getting away with this in GA and the children suffer.
    Public schools have issues, yes, however none of the above issues are allowed in public schools.

    Things that are allowed in this private school would have made the nightly news has it been a public school.

    Accountability is, for the most part, in place in public school.
    Look before you leap…….

  4. Kyron says:

    truth,

    I am so sorry to hear of your experience. I think that as with anything there are pros and cons to the concept of waivers. While generically waivers I think are probably a very forward thinking idea as they allow taxpayers to speak with their money by moving their children out of poor performing schools, in the case of SB10 the largest problem as I see it is the lack of accountability within the program and even worse, the vast number of schools that are permitted to accept the voucher but are quite obviously not prepared to except all but the highest functioning children. That combination is going to require legislative intervention before too long I am certain.

    Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you much luck in resolving this for your child.

    ~Kyron

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