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"Still, there were no changes to the program, and the problems continued"

Last December, an advocate received a call from a family whose 5-year-old son, Timmy, had been restrained and secluded at school.

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"John’s mother, who was at her wits end, knew something was not right"

John, an eight-year-old boy with attention deficit hyperactivity  disorder, autism spectrum disorder, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, and borderline intellectual functioning, finds school challenging.  He had attended four schools by the third grade.

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 young child with dark hair and large eyes  

 The Impact of COPAA's Work Changed Susie's Life

7 year old Susie had leukemia and missed all of kindergarten. While in remission, she also missed 54 days of first grade.  The first day of school is a milestone for every child and Susie and her parents had waited a long time for that day to come.

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 Picture of Boy and Girl reading at desk.  

“Please, he thought, don’t call on me…”

Nate slinked lower in his chair and pulled his hat tight.  “Please, he thought, don’t call on me to read out loud. The other kids already think I am so stupid.”  Nate was in the 6th grade, but reading at a 2nd grade level.  As a result, learning was hard and Nate was miserable.

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        Picture of Alex and Susan at Graduation    "This is a civil rights movement, make no mistake about that 

Susan Bruce, 5/5/
15

If you had told me 20 years ago, I would be writing this for the blog of a national civil rights organization, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.  20 years ago, I knew nothing of the disability world, nor really knew anything about education.  Even 15 years ago I would have told you the public education system was wonderful.  My oldest son, now 23, just fit into that cookie cutter that public schools expect children to fit into. It wasn’t until my twin boys, Blake and Alex who are now 19, got to elementary school...
 

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 Life is Like a Carousel - picture of Mom and Boy on Carousel    "Voluntary Deployment to Afghanistan: The Cost of an Appropriate Education"  

Audra Mae Talbot, 5/14/15


When our son, Sam, was diagnosed with Autism, we were living in Germany. Believing we would get better services for him at home, we quickly requested a compassionate reassignment back to the States. I thought it would be easier to navigate the challenges of Autism back home.  
I was, at first, grateful to the public school for accepting Sam into special education. He was three and already had enormous needs. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that Sam had been placed in a cookie cutter program. When I pushed for an individualized program, school administrators pushed back. I learned very quickly that not accepting a cookie cutter approach would require a fight. My husband and I prepared for battle. 

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 Picture of Justin    "It has been a struggle to make sure their schools share our high expectations"  


C
heryl Poe 8/4/15

I am an African-American mother of two children in Virginia public schools. Both of them have a learning disability. My husband and I have very high expectations for our children. It has been a struggle to make sure their schools share our high expectations. One day my son's speech pathologist told me that she was not sure if my son had a "real" speech delay, or if my husband and I were speaking "Black English" to him at home, and that was the cause for my son's speech delays. I guess she forgot that my husband, and proud father of his children, is White. 

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