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<a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04152007-1330719.html" target="_blank">Has anyone seen this story</a>? My apologies if it's been posted a thousand times already.<br><br>
Apparently, during "Autism Awareness Month," a young autistic boy wanted to share some of his experiences in a class discussion on autism, and was taken outside of the room by his teacher. She told him his autism was "personal" and not to discuss it.<br><br>
I'm really quite steamed about this. First of all, I think it was a really not-nice thing to do to a young boy who sounds like a lovely kid. Second, I can only imagine how isolating it must be for the parents to be treated like their child's diagnosis is somehow shameful.
 

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Here's the <a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04182007-1332295.html" target="_blank">update.</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's the <a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04182007-1332295.html" target="_blank">update.</a></div>
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Oh, that's nice. I like that ending to the story.
 

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I'm glad it had a happy ending. Though Brad Cohen has Tourette's and not autism, in his book _Front of the Class_ he talked about how things really turned around for him when he was able to address the whole student body about Tourette's Syndrome. He started doing it wherever he went after that.<br><br>
It took me awhile to get the principal's reason--that when Tommie spoke of his experiences, people would realize that the other kids who get pulled out into the special needs classes have special needs and might be autistic. Given that he's 10, I tend to think that kids should have some honest idea of what their issues are and given help in how to talk about them. It sounds like Tommie got that help in a social skills class outside of school.<br><br>
The part where his mother talks about the day he said, "I had the best day ever at school today!" "Oh, what happened?" "Nobody picked on me all day long." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It took me awhile to get the principal's reason--that when Tommie spoke of his experiences, people would realize that the other kids who get pulled out into the special needs classes have special needs and might be autistic.</div>
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I think the principal should be less concerned with privacy and more concerned with de-mystifying and "normalizing" the issues of the special needs kids for the NT kids. I think that is crucial for full inclusion programs to work.<br><br>
There is an organization that creates programs for different age groups to do this kind of work - <a href="http://www.friend2friendsociety.org/" target="_blank">http://www.friend2friendsociety.org/</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think the principal should be less concerned with privacy and more concerned with de-mystifying and "normalizing" the issues of the special needs kids for the NT kids. I think that is crucial for full inclusion programs to work.</div>
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Yes, what Jaye said.
 

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I'm so glad they let him speak up!!<br><br>
The privacy thing is ridiculous. Now I went to Catholic school, so we didn't really have "special ed", but we had a program where some kids were pulled out of regular class for extra help in reading and math. Believe me, when we were 10, we knew where they were going. And because noone, not the students nor the teachers, explained things like "learning disabilities", we made our own assumptions, and they weren't pretty.
 
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