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'Social inclusion' to be theme of Dec. 3 panel

Original post made on Nov 29, 2012

"Social inclusion" will be the topic of a panel discussion Monday, Dec. 3, sponsored by Palo Alto's Community Advisory Committee for Special Education.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 29, 2012, 4:16 PM

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Posted by tired of fighting
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I'd be happy if district personnel just made it easier for families of children with special needs and disabilities by just not being so EVIL.


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Posted by herstory buff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Is this the same thing as "mainstreaming"? If it is, can the teachers and other school employees not be so cruel to the kids being mainstreamed? None of this is their fault.

Although PAUSD was better than our previous district, in which a teacher threw a book at my son, it still wasn't really very skilled enough to deal with learning disabled kids.
My son was oxygen deprived due to a lonbg labor and delivery, and we eventually had to remove him from PAUSD due to impatient teachers after he was mainstreamed.


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Posted by Frustrated Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who has such a hard time with the special education official. They are very evil. When they walked into the IEP's, they already have their minds set, and they pretend to listen, but not really. This is one of the reasons I pulled my child out of special ed. Yes, there are many impatient special ed. and regular teachers who act like jail guards, have no love for children and should not be teaching. Special education children need profesional, loving teachers.


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Posted by just wondering
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Frustrated mom - I agree that special education children need professorial, loving teachers. I think that all kids need caring teachers, and professorial school/district officials.
I'm very sorry to read the experiences described above.
I wonder if $ considerations are impacting the way Social Inclusion is being implemented, resulting in comments above? One possible example of a way to cut cost could be reducing aide support when not appropriate for a specific kid situation. There are many other ways.


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Posted by spec-ed parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you so much to the CAC Steering Committee parents who put this panel together. You know who you are. We appreciate the fact that you are there for the community.