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Autism in the News – Friday, 01.14.11

Local music fest to raise money for future autism center (Fort Myers, Fla.)
The 3rd Annual Surf and Song Festival will have Downtown Fort Myers buzzing with bands Saturday. Read more.

Christie Vows to Support Autism (Livingston Patch)
Last December, at Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall forum in Livingston, Mary Beth Walsh, a parent advocate for children with special needs, introduced Christie to her son Benedict Hack. Along with other members of Autism New Jersey, they presented a plan to meet the needs of individuals with autism. Read more.

Flutie Bowl at Kings to benefit autism programs (Dedham, Mass.)
The Eighth Annual Flutie Bowl will raise money for autism programs as ticket holders mingle with the football great and other local sports figures and celebrities at Kings in Legacy Place on Jan. 20. Read more.

‘Free school to be a beacon’ (UK)
A school in Hartlebury aims to be Worcestershire’s first “free school.” The New Elizabethan School, which currently offers specialist provision for gifted and talented pupils and for children with ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and high functioning autism, is taking its place at the forefront of the county’s “free school” movement. Read more.

Layoff of DPS bus attendants halted (Detroit, Mich.)
Detroit Public Schools’ emergency financial manager on Thursday rescinded today’s scheduled layoff of 88 bus attendants for special education students. Robert Bobb acted hours after the mother of an autistic student sued the district in federal court over the planned job cuts. Read more.

  1. Dadvocate
    January 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I applaud Christie’s comments on adult issues and his current budget, but missing from this particular article is reportedly a proposal he put forward at the meeting to create a specialized school for students with autism in each NJ county.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Christie-Wants-to-Build-Autistic-Schools-Across-NJ-113606879.html

    This initiative, if accurate, deserves an absolute ton of scrutiny. His comment that (his plan) “would offer a cost-effective alternative to cash strapped communities trying to create their own special education curriculum for these students” sounds like a throwing away 30 years of hard fought gains for the inclusion of disable students with their typical peers. (BTW I hate when people say “these” students or “these” kids).

    Segregated settings, while appropriate for a very few, are bad policy when considering the broad ASD population as a whole (and the law…or maybe he hasn’t heard of LRE). Intense scrutiny of the possible fiscal and/or educational (test scores?) motivations behind this inititave is very, very appropriate in my view.

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  3. November 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    “A school in Hartlebury aims to be Worcestershire’s first “free school.” The New Elizabethan School, which currently offers specialist provision for gifted and talented pupils and for children with ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and high functioning autism”

    Now this is brilliant to see, please can we have more of these schools? Thousands of kids desperately need it.

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