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May I ask what your collective opinions are regarding total inclusion with
students who are severely disabled both physically (blind, deaf & paralyzed)
and mentally and are so
medically fragile that they rely on a nurse and a full time Education
Assistant to just survive the day in a public school setting? I have
experienced severely fragile, disabled students who suffer frequent grand mal
seizures and others who
often choked on their own saliva. We have no way of knowing what, if any,
benefit-educationally or otherwise-these kids derive from sitting in a wheel
chair, or lying on a slanted table in a public school classroom all day long.
At the moment, our school district in it's infinite wisdom is charging a
for the truancy of her multiply, severely disabled daughter. The mother
insists that public school is not the least restrictive, most beneficial
placement for her daughter so has kept her home for the past few months while
the school hounds her to send the girl to school on the bus. When do
common sense prevail?