KARE 11 reported it incorrectly and now it’s been picked up by the Star Tribune and AP, so even though KARE 11 has changed the story and say they will talk about it tonight on air the damage has been done.
Here’s what actually happened:
Those in charge of the autism program in MPS decided to move forward with changes that, in my opinion, would dilute autism services very drastically for kids coded Federal Level 1 or 2 with ‘milder forms of autism’ (a phrase I find hilarious. Arie was one of those kids and flipped desks and hit teachers and knocked over bookshelves. Nothing mild about that.).
They would also cause autism preschool class sizes to increase by 33%. That’s HUGE.
As of now, these changes are happening despite no notification to parents or students, or public discussion, or anything.
Parents have only learned of this through word of mouth, and we and a few of our kids descended en masse (along with some kick-ass people fighting cops in the schools, who appeared to receive no coverage at all. Is it because most of them were black and most of us were white?) on a School Board meeting to voice our desire to have a special session to talk about this.
That is it. That is all. No vote.
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Methinks they will have a fight on their hands. This area has lots of educated parents who know their (& their kids’) rights and I’d also like to see adults on the spectrum share their views as well. Part of the reason they got rid of the Asperger’s label in the DSM-V is so people couldn’t say “Oh sorry you don’t qualify for services you “only” have Asperger’s. It defeats the point if they use “mild autism” the same way. They should stop using mild/severe to only refer to intelligence and whether individuals can talk or not. In a lot of ways the more “severe” autistics get better taken care of by the system- less likely to end up homeless, because they are more clearly disabled. Whereas if you are smarter & can communicate, they just assume you don’t need any help & will magically be hired by Microsoft when you graduate.
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