Monday, November 11, 2013

Not all Connecticut special education students fit same mold

(Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register) Nicholas Glomb of Vernon, with his father Walter, works, has friends, and has plans for his own business. His success in part is due to general education classes both in public school and at Manchester Community College.        

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
For some families, their disabled children have excelled when they have spent as much time as possible with their non-disabled classmates.
But others say an outside placement — at a separate school specifically for disabled students, is what ultimately worked for their child.  
Lisa Weisinger-Roland moved to Connecticut and specifically to West Hartford because she wanted her son, Jamie Roland, who has Down syndrome, to be educated with his non-disabled peers as much as possible.
The family moved here from Florida about four years ago, and Jamie Roland is now a senior in high school.
According to his mother, while the family lived in Florida, they decided to home-school Jamie because school officials wanted to put him in a self-contained classroom where he would have little exposure to his peers.

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