“I just assumed that the school board would be receptive to working with our team, willing to create the best educational plan available for my son. Boy was I wrong.”
"You're very funny. You're very smart. You do a great job every day. You make everyone laugh because you're so silly." What would life be like if someone started your day with compliments every mornin...
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Professionally, talking about curing autism elicits raised eyebrows and contemptuous headshaking. Cure is considered synonymous with false hope. After all, diagnostic manuals confirm that autism is a lifelong disorder with no known cure.
This is another prime example how the rights of special needs children continues to be violated by the same people that are in a position to protect them. The abuser doesn't see these children as whole. They see them as deficient, less than and certainly not worthy of respect and dignity. This principal didn't see them as whole human beings. She saw them as "animals." What message is the school district sending when they fire the person that has reported the abuse?
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B.C. Education Minister Peter Fassbender has decided that because about 10 per cent of all B.C. students were identified as having special needs last year, only 10 per cent of students in B.C. schools have special needs. But in fact, the number is a great deal higher that.
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I regularly see comments on social media such as, "If you really cared about the kids, you wouldn't ask for a signing bonus." Since when is there an inverse correlation between how much teachers care about students and how much of a wage increase they ask for through bargaining?
I now work with families -- parents who trust us with that which they cherish most of all: their children. All these parents share a common story: they feel forgotten, isolated, frustrated, helpless, and overwhelmed by public sector waiting lists and the lack of support. They are right to worry.
The annual convention of the U.S.-based National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) just finished educating its 1700 participants on the latest research relevant for people living with severe mental illnesses.And what's the situation in Canada? Families here certainly aren't being led to advocate for the most helpful education programs for people living with psychotic disorders.