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Battling The ‘Special Needs’ Stigma

March 8, 2013

To the Readers’ Forum: I commend the teachers at Fletcher Elementary School’s creative way of comparing children to pumpkins in a pumpkin patch, each one different, but each one needing a friend....

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Mar-16-13 2:55 PM

NYTX33...I totally agree. The public schools are not a cookie cutter plan. You should be able to use your tax dollars for private school if that is an available option for special-ed childrens' needs. I wish that would have been a good fit in our area for us. In our case, we ended up homeschooling (and it has been the best choice that we could have made). I believe that we should also be able to offset the cost of our curriculum with our school tax. We spend more on curriculum for 3 children per year than our school taxes.

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Mar-15-13 10:10 PM

One very important fact is that public schools offer a cookie cutter plan for special needs children. I have seen friends spend several thousand dollars for private schooling which offers a chance for the special needs child to really develop and even get a college degree. I believe anyone that has a child with special needs should be able to use their school tax to pay for the private schools that do offer much more than a cookie cutter plan. Also, any of their family members should be able to make the same choice about their school taxes in order to further help the student get an education they deserve.

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Mar-14-13 10:28 AM

It is a form of discrimination spending vastly more money on ay individual. Discrimination against the normal people is not a good policy.

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Mar-13-13 3:16 PM


The level of ignorance contained in your statement defies logic. To blame our special needs children for the lack of global success is the very definition of bullying. You are projecting blame for decades of terrible public policies to an innocent party. Special needs children are NO different from non special needs children with respect to how their parents feel. I do not have a special needs child, I do however have FRIENDS (Something I'm sure you struggle with) that have special needs children, and oh by the way, I have FRIENDS that ARE special needs children. You're "progressive" views and obsession with Eugenics sickens me. Enjoy your welfare check, I'm sure you earned it.

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Mar-13-13 4:31 AM


Your emotions in no way alter the facts.

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Mar-10-13 11:51 AM

Budzilla, looks like your parents were defective for creating someone with a discriminatory attitude like your. Do you or have you met someone with a disability? They are alot smarter than you give them credit for. Maybe you should try it before spewing comments like you do and have done in the past.

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Mar-09-13 12:03 PM

As a society, spending the most resources on the least able to be educated is a self-defeating policy. It makes those with defective offspring feel important, but also makes our society least able to compete globally.

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Mar-09-13 12:03 AM

That was a beautifully put letter. I also have a special person in my family and I pray he does not have to be put through what you have in life. I love him very much and my heart breaks to think about him being treated that way but I have also seen that have happened already! I hope he comes through live and shines as bright as you have in spite of the ignorance of some people. Here is wishing you the world!

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Mar-08-13 3:19 PM

Too bad the PJ plays favorites. We know how every minority has a "stygma". It's called ignorance. Man will always have hate and war

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Mar-08-13 2:16 PM

Thank-you for a wonderful letter.

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Mar-08-13 9:51 AM

Well Said.

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Mar-08-13 8:59 AM

We are all special, just like everyone else.

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