We have been running radio ads through Network Indiana the past two weeks on the Support Services Medicaid Waiver for special education students leaving high school.  You can listen to  the ad  by going to :  "Listen to The Arc's Radio Ad"

We will release a news advisory statewide on Monday on this same topic.  The news advisory is attached. 

Finally, yesterday we distributed a letter to the editor statewide.  The letter is connected to the Florida story on the school teacher who had her kindergarten class "vote" on whether or not a classmate, who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism, should stay in the class - he was voted out.


The text of the letter follows: 

Think back to your years in school.  Imagine your teacher brings you in front of the class and lets everyone say everything bad about you that they can.  Now imagine that the teacher tells your classmates to vote on whether you get to stay in class, or whether you will be kicked out. Imagine that your class mates vote overwhelmingly that you must leave, and you are sent to the nurse’s office for the rest of the day.  
 
Now imagine you are only five years old and in kindergarten, you have autism, and interacting with others is very difficult for you.  
 
This could never happen in
America
today, right?  Wrong.  This is no figment of the imagination.  It happened last week in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  
 
The full story can be read on The Arc of Indiana’s web site: www.arcind.org
<http://www.arcind.org,click/> ,click <http://www.arcind.org,click/>  on “National and State News.”
 
School is not Survivor.  There is no voting off the island because the group does not like you.  This is public school, where students should be learning the importance of accepting differences in others, and learning how to get along with people from all walks of life – including those with disabilities.    
 
Can there be any positive that comes from such a story?  Perhaps.  This is not about one child, one teacher, one classroom.  It is about all of our kids.  If this serves as a wake up call to parents, educators, and children that all need to work together to respect and support all kids, perhaps some good can come from such a sad story.  
 
The Arc of Indiana
, established in 1956, is a statewide organization advocating for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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